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List of famous film directors from China, listed alphabetically with photos when available. China has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Chinese directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of China and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Chinese directors?" and "Which directors are from China?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of China in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Chinese directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Ah-Niu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 42 Ah-Niu is an actor.

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Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 61 Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director.

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Alan Mak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 50 Alan Mak Siu-fai, born on 1 January 1968 in Hong Kong, is a writer, director, actor and producer.

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Alan Zhang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Alan Zhang Alan Zhang is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

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Alex Chan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Alex Chan Alex Chan is a industrial engineer and film director.

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Alexander Fu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 29 (1954-1983) Alexander Fu Sheng, born Cheung Fu-Sheng, also known as Fu Sheng was a Hong Kong martial arts film star in the 1970s.

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Alfred Cheung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 63 Alfred Cheung's hometown is Kaiping City, Guangdong province. He was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and also grew up there. His mother, with one suitcase and two children, left their hometown in ...more

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Allen Fong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 71 Allen Fong Yuk-ping is a film director and one of the leaders of the Hong Kong New Wave of the late 1970s and early 1980s. His cinematic style is highly influenced by Italian neorealism. He also ...more

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Andrew Lau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 58 Andrew Lau Wai-Keung is a Hong Kong film director, cinematographer and producer. Lau began his career in the 1980s and 1990s, serving as a cinematographer to filmmakers such as Ringo Lam, Wong ...more

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Andy Lau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 57 Andy Lau Tak-wah MH, JP is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer-songwriter, actor, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the ...more

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Ann Hui is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 71 Ann Hui On-Wah, MBE is a Hong Kong actress, film director, film producer and occasional screenwriter, one of the most critically acclaimed amongst the Hong Kong New Wave. She is best known for ...more

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Ann Lu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Ann Lu age 46 Ann Lu is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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Anthony Chan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 66 Anthony Chan Yau is a Hong Kong actor and the drum player for the band Wynners.

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Beihai Li is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 61 (1889-1950) Beihai Li was a film director, actor and a screenwriter.

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Benny Chan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 49 Benny Chan Muk-Sing simplified Chinese: 陈木胜; traditional Chinese: 陳木勝; pinyin: Chén Mùshèng; born on October 7, 1969, is a Hong Kong film director, producer and ...more

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Billy Tang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Billy Tang Billy Tang Hin-Shing is a Hong Kong film director.

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Bin Chuen Choi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Bin Chuen Choi age 51 Bin Chuen Choi is a film director and a screnwriter.

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Blackie Ke Shou Liang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 50 (1953-2003) Blackie Ko was a famous Taiwanese film director, producer, stuntman, singer and actor. Blackie was considered as the greatest automotive stunt choreographer in Asia.

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Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 72 Yang Sze, better known as Bolo Yeung, is a former competitive bodybuilder and a martial arts film actor. Primarily cast as the villain in the movies he stars in, he is best known for his ...more

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Bruce Le is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 68 Bruce Le is a martial artist and actor known for his martial arts film of the 1970s and '80s. Most of these were inexpensively produced and were made to capitalize on the martial arts phenomenon ...more

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Bu Wancang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 71 (1903-1974) Bu Wancang was a prolific Chinese film director and screenwriter active between the 1920s and the 1960s. He is also known by his Cantonese name, Baak Maan Chong, and his English name, Richard ...more

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Cai Chusheng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 62 (1906-1968) Cai Chusheng was a Chinese film director of the pre-Communist era, and was the first Chinese director to win an international film award at the Moscow International Film Festival. Best known for ...more

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Cai Shangjun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 51 Cai Shangjun is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. Cai graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in 1992. Since then, his major work has been that of a professional screenwriter. Cai ...more

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Cao Fei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 40 Cao Fei (born 1978) is a Chinese artist.

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Chai Chunya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chai Chunya age 43 Chai Chunya is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Chan Hung Lit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 66 (1943-2009) Chan Hung-Lieh, also known as Chen Hung-Lit and Golden Chan, was a Shaw Brothers actor famous for portraying villains from the 1960s to 1980s. In his acting hiatus, Chan was involved in the ...more

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Chang Hong Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chang Hong Man age 86 Chang Hong Man is a film editor and director.

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Chang Cheh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Died at 79 (1923-2002) Chang Cheh was a film director and screenwriter.

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Chang Tseng is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 86 Chang Tseng is an actor.

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Cheang Pou-soi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 43 Cheang Pou-soi is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Chen Bai is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chen Bai age 96 Chen Bai is a film director.

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Chen Kaige is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 66 Chen Kaige is a Chinese film director and a leading figure of the fifth generation of Chinese cinema. His films are known for their visual flair and epic storytelling. Chen won the Palme d'Or at ...more

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Chen Kengran is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chen Kengran Died at 52 (1906-1958) Chen Kengran is a film director.

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Chen Kuan-tai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 73 Chen Kuan-tai is a Chinese martial arts film star. He has primarily appeared in Shaw Brothers productions, and was one of the first solid trained, martial arts stars employed by the company. His ...more

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Chen Li is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chen Li Chen Li is a film director.

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Chen Shi-zheng is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 55 Chen Shi-Zheng is a New York-based theater director. Having earned a BA from the Hunan Art School in Traditional Opera, he received his MA from the Tisch School of Art at New York University. In ...more

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Chen Yi Fei is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chen Yi Fei Died at 59 (1946-2005) Chen Yi Fei is a film director, screenwriter and a film producer.

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Chen Zhuo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chen Zhuo age 40 Chen Zhuo is a film producer, director, editor and screenwriter.

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Chi Lu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chi Lu age 76 Chi Lu is a film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter.

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Chi Muoi Lo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 39 Chi Muoi Lo is an actor.

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Chia Chang Liu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chia Chang Liu age 77 Liu Chia-chang is a songwriter, singer, screenwriter, and director. He wrote songs, like "Ode to the Republic of China" and "The Plum Blossom". He collaborated with singers, ...more

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Chia Hui Liu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 63 Gordon Liu is a Chinese martial arts film actor and martial artist. He became famous for playing the lead role of San Te in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and its sequels. He also played kung fu ...more

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Chia Li is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chia Li Died at 71 (1923-1994) Chia Li was a film director.

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Chia Tang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Chia Tang age 81 Chia Tang is a film director and actor.

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Chin Ka-lok is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 53 Chin Ka-lok, sometimes credited as Chin Kar-lok is an actor, action choreographer. Chin was born in Hong Kong, the younger brother of actor and stunt performer Chin Siu Ho. He is a former member ...more

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Chin-Ku Lu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 72 Chin-Ku Lu is an actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Ching Doe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
Ching Doe Died at 54 (1915-1969) Ching Doe was a film director and screenwriter.

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Ching Siu-tung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 65 Ching Siu-tung, also known as Tony Ching, is a Hong Kong action choreographer, actor, film director and producer, who has directed over 20 films, including the critically acclaimed supernatural ...more

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Chor Yuen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from China
age 84 Zhang Baojian, better known as Chor Yuen, is a Hong Kong-based Chinese film director, screenwriter and actor.