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Chen Kaige

 

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 Top 250 Directors 

Director / Screenwriter
1952 -
Born August 12, Beijing, China
Key Production Country: China 
Key Genres: Drama, Rural Drama, Period Film
Key Collaborators: Pei Xiaonan (Editor), Gu Changwei (Cinematographer), Zhao Jiping (Composer)
Recommended: Yellow Earth (1984)
Worth a Look: King of the Children (1987), Farewell, My Concubine (1993)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ TCMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Film Reference ] [ World Cinema Biography ] [ Film Freak Central Interview ] [ Movie City News Interview ] [ MovieMaker Article (2006) ] [ Cineaste Interview ] [ A Chen Kaige Profile ]
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1,000 Greatest Films: Yellow Earth (1984), Farewell, My Concubine (1993)
 
Yellow Earth (1984)King of the Children (1987)Farewell, My Concubine (1993)The Promise (2005)
 
     
  "Ever since first attracting attention as a leading light of the Film Academy's 'Fifth Generation', he has consistently shown himself to be an imaginative and intelligent stylist; even as he has moved from political parable to more conventional accounts of human desire and despair, his work has remained notable for its visual bravura." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)  
     
  "The majority of his films constitute an intelligent and powerfully felt meditation on recent Chinese history, within which, for him, the Cultural Revolution remains a defining moment. "It made," he has said, "cultural hooligans of us." He has a reputation within China as a philosophical director, and his style is indeed marked by a laconic handling of narrative and a classical reticence. This is largely deceptive: underneath is an unyielding anger and unflinching integrity." - Verina Glaessner (The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia, 1998)  
     
  "One of the most prominent and accomplished of the post-"Cultural Revolution" Chinesse directors...Chen's films are renowned both for their emotional delicacy and their lavish spectacle, using an extensive palette of color and state-of-the-art film technology." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
     
 
 
 

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