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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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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.