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List of notable or famous screenwriters from China, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in China and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to China. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Chinese screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from China is included when available.

Examples of people on this list include Bruce Lee and Sammo Hung.

This historic screenwriters from China list can help answer the questions "Who are some Chinese screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from China?" These prominent screenwriters of China may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Chinese screenwriters.

Use this list of renowned Chinese screenwriters to discover some new screenwriters that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (162 items)

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Bruce Lee 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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Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Chow Yun-Fat age 62 Donald Chow Yun-fat, SBS, commonly known as Chow Yun-fat, is a Hong Kong actor. He is best known in Asia for his collaborations with filmmaker John Woo in the heroic bloodshed genre films A ...more

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John Woo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
John Woo age 71 John Woo SBS is a Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his highly chaotic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and ...more

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Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Sammo Hung age 66 Sammo Hung, also known as Hung Kam-bo, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film producer and director, known for his work in many martial arts films and Hong Kong action cinema. He has been a ...more

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Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Joan Chen age 56 Joan Chen is a Chinese-American actress, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. She became famous in China for her performance in the 1979 film Little Flower and came to international ...more

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Zhang Yimou is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Zhang Yimou age 66 Zhang Yimou is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted amongst the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial ...more

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Tang Wei is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Tang Wei age 38 Tang Wei is a Chinese actress. She rose to prominence for her appearance in Lust, Caution.

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Gao Xiaosong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Gao Xiaosong age 48 Xiaosong Gao is a film director, film score composer and screenwriter.

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Cao Fei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Cao Fei age 40 Cao Fei (born 1978) is a Chinese artist.

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Ni Kuang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Ni Kuang age 82 Ni Cong, courtesy name Yiming, better known by his pen name Ni Kuang, is a Hong Kong novelist and screenwriter. He has written over 300 Chinese-language wuxia and science fiction novels, and ...more

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Stephen Chow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Stephen Chow age 55 Stephen Chow is a Hong Kong actor, screenwriter, film director, producer and political adviser of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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Peter Chan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Peter Chan age 55 Peter Ho-sun Chan is a film director and producer.

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Stephanie Sheh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Stephanie Sheh age 40 Stephanie Ru-Phan Sheh, who also goes by the alias Jennifer Sekiguchi, is an American voice actress, ADR writer, director, singer and producer. She has worked for several major companies, ...more

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Wong Tin-Lam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Wong Tin-Lam Died at 83 (1927-2010) Wong Tin-Lam was a Chinese screenwriter, producer, director, and actor, who has contributed to the Hong Kong cinema scene with a career spanning six decades. He has made films in Cantonese, ...more

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Wong Jing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Wong Jing age 62 Ging Wong is a film producer.

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Kwok-Leung Gan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Kwok-Leung Gan age 63 Kam Kwok-Leung is a screenwriter.

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Huang Hong is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Huang Hong age 58 Huang Hong is a Chinese skit and sitcom actor and writer. He is also less successful as a TV series and movie producer and director. Born in Harbin, he joined the PLA when he was only 13. He ...more

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Phillip Ko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Phillip Ko age 68 Philip Ko-Fei is a multi-awarded Hong Kong & China film-maker. His most significant achievement in film is "Super Noypi", which he directed after winning a scripwriting contest ...more

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Luo Yan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Luo Yan age 61 Luo Yan is a Chinese American actress and screenwriter. She was born in Urumqi, Xinjiang. After having a successful acting career in China, she came to the U.S. in the mid-1980s. She started her ...more

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Tsui Hark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Tsui Hark age 68 Tsui Hark, born Tsui Man-kong, is a Vietnamese-born New Wave film director, producer and screenwriter. Tsui has produced & also directed several influential Hong Kong films such as A Better ...more

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Cheung Tan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Cheung Tan age 51 Cheung Tan is a screenwriter.

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Anthony Wong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Anthony Wong age 56 Anthony Perry, better known professionally as Wong Chau-Sang or Anthony Wong, is a Hong Kong Film Awards winning British-Hong Kong actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Liu Fendou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Liu Fendou age 49 Liu Fendou is a Chinese film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Chang Cheh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Chang Cheh Died at 79 (1923-2002) Chang Cheh was a film director and screenwriter.

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Ann Hui is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Ann Hui age 70 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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Yuen Woo-ping is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Yuen Woo-ping age 73 Yuen Woo-ping is a Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director, renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He is one of the ...more

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Wong Jim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Wong Jim Died at 63 (1941-2004) James Wong was a Cantopop lyricist and writer based primarily in Hong Kong. Beginning from the 1960s, he was the lyricist for over 2,000 songs, collaborating with composer Joseph Koo on many ...more

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Alfred Cheung is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Alfred Cheung age 62 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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Raymond Wong Bak-Ming is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Raymond Wong Bak-Ming age 72 Raymond Wong Pak-ming is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and presenter. He is one of the most successful producers in Hong Kong cinema, having been one of the comedians ...more

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Wong Kar-wai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Wong Kar-wai age 59 Wong Kar-wai, BBS is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Days of Being Wild, ...more

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Benny Chan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Benny Chan age 48 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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Johnnie To is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Johnnie To age 62 Johnnie To, also known as To Kei-Fung, is a Hong Kong film director and producer. Popular in his native Hong Kong, To has also found acclaim overseas. Intensely prolific, To has made films in a ...more

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Herman Yau is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Herman Yau age 57 Herman Yau Lai-To, born 1961 in Hong Kong is a film director, scriptwriter.

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Derek Yee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Derek Yee age 60 Derek Yee Tung-sing, born in 1957, is a former Shaw Brothers actor from Hong Kong, currently a film director and screenwriter, who has achieved fame and respect in Hong Kong and international ...more

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Heng Liu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Heng Liu age 63 Liu Heng is a Chinese writer. He is generally seen as a realist writer. He became a professional writer in the 1970s after having worked as a peasant farmer, a factory worker and a soldier, ...more

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Philip Chan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Philip Chan age 73 Philip Chan Yan-Kin is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and music composer of Taishan area origin. He worked as a Royal Hong Kong Police Force police inspector before ...more

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Tian Han is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Tian Han Died at 70 (1898-1968) Tian Han, born in Changsha, Hunan, and formerly romanized as Tien Han, was a Chinese drama activist, playwright, a leader of revolutionary music and films, as well as a translator and poet. He ...more

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Pang Ho-Cheung is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Pang Ho-Cheung age 44 Edmond Pang Ho-Cheung is a Hong Kong novelist, playwright, actor and filmmaker.

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Lo Wei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Lo Wei Died at 78 (1918-1996) Lo Wei was a famous Hong Kong film director and film actor best known for launching the martial arts film careers of both Bruce Lee, in The Big Boss and Fist of Fury, and Jackie Chan, in New ...more

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Manfred Wong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Manfred Wong age 61 Manfred Wong is a Hong Kong radio personality, film producer, screenwriter, director and actor. He is best known for his involvement as a writer for the Young and Dangerous film series.

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Jia Zhangke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Jia Zhangke age 47 Jia Zhangke is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the "Sixth Generation" movement of Chinese cinema, a group that also includes ...more

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Yu Lik-wai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Yu Lik-wai age 51 Yu Lik-wai is a Hong Kong cinematographer, film director, and occasional film producer. Born in Hong Kong, Yu Lik-wai was educated at Belgium's INSAS where he graduated with a degree in ...more

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Lawrence Cheng is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Lawrence Cheng age 63 Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui is a Hong Kong film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and master of ceremonies. He was a Hong Kong DJ and radio channel executive. Cheng became famous after he ...more

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Wai Ka-Fai is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Wai Ka-Fai age 63 Wai Ka-Fai is a Hong Kong screenwriter, producer, film director, and former TV director and producer. Wai is best known for his frequent collaborations with Johnnie To, another former TV turned ...more

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Geling Yan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Geling Yan age 59 Geling Yan is a famous Chinese writer, author of several novels, short stories and screenplays. Much of her work has been adapted for film. She is currently represented by the Hong Kong based ...more

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Lau Kar-leung is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Lau Kar-leung Died at 79 (1934-2013) Lau Kar-leung, also known as Liu Chia-liang, was a Hong Kong-based Chinese actor, filmmaker, choreographer and martial artist. Lau is best known for the films he made in the 1970s and 1980s for ...more

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Yan Yan Mak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Yan Yan Mak age 45 Yan Yan MAK is a Hong Kong based female award-winning director. She was born in the 1970s and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1998. Since 1993, as a student, Yan Yan ...more

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Dayyan Eng is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Dayyan Eng age 43 Dayyan Eng, known as Wu Shixian in China, is a Chinese-American filmmaker. He studied film arts at the University of Washington and transferred to the Beijing Film Academy, where he finished his ...more

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Huang Jianxin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Huang Jianxin age 63 Huang Jianxin is a Chinese film director. He is normally considered part of the fifth generation of Chinese filmmakers, due to shared traits in his works, although he was not a strictly a member ...more

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Chen Kaige is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Screenwriters from China
Chen Kaige age 65 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