Feng Xiaogang

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Feng Xiaogang (born 28 November 1958) in (Beijing
Beijing
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, China
China
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) is a Chinese
Chinese people
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 film director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

. He is famous in China as being perhaps the most successful "commercialized" filmmaker whose comedy
Comedy
Comedy , as a popular meaning, is any humorous discourse or work generally intended to amuse by creating laughter, especially in television, film, and stand-up comedy. This must be carefully distinguished from its academic definition, namely the comic theatre, whose Western origins are found in...

 films do consistently well in the box office
Box office
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, although Feng has attempted to break out from that mold by making drama or period drama films recently.

Biography


The son of a college professor and a factory nurse, he joined Beijing Military Region Art Troupe as a stage designer after high school. He began his cinema work as an art designer in Beijing Television Art Center in 1985. Later, he moved on to write screenplays. During this period, he worked closely with director Zheng Xiaolong and writer Wang Shuo
Wang Shuo
Wang Shuo is a Chinese author, director, actor, and cultural icon. He has written over 20 novels, television series and movies. His work has been translated into Japanese, French, English, Italian, and many other languages...

 (王朔).

In the late 1990s, Feng established himself in a genre called "Hesui Pian (贺岁片)", or "New Year's Celebration Films" in Chinese cinema. He probably achieved his full fame as the director of the movie Dream Factory (1997). Having achieved success in the face of competition from Hollywood within mainland China, University of Minnesota professor, Jason McGrath, believes "The entertainment cinema of Feng Xiaogang represents a new model of a Chinese national cinema that positions itself vis-à-vis Hollywood."

Feng is renowned for making comedies
Comedy
Comedy , as a popular meaning, is any humorous discourse or work generally intended to amuse by creating laughter, especially in television, film, and stand-up comedy. This must be carefully distinguished from its academic definition, namely the comic theatre, whose Western origins are found in...

 in the Beijing dialect
Beijing dialect
Beijing dialect, or Pekingese , is the dialect of Mandarin spoken in the urban area of Beijing, China. It is the phonological basis of Standard Chinese, which is used by the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China , and Singapore....

. Almost all of his films star Ge You
Ge You
Ge You is an acclaimed Mainland Chinese actor. A native of Beijing, he is considered by many to be one of the most recognizable acting personalities in the Mainland...

 (葛优) in some kind of major role. In recent years he has moved away from solely making comedy films to directing a few drama or period drama movies.

He married actress Xu Fan (徐帆) in 1999.

As director

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1994 Lost My Love 永失我爱
1997 Dream Factory 甲方乙方 the 21st annual hundred-flowers award the best feature film award
1998 Be There or Be Square
Be There or Be Square
Be There or Be Square is a 1998 Chinese romantic comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang, produced by Forbidden City Film, Beijing Film Studio, Zhongji Modern Commercial and Sleiman/Tyrol Films...

不见不散
1999 Sorry Baby
Sorry Baby
Sorry Baby is a 1999 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang, presented by Forbidden City Film, starring Jacklyn Wu, Ge You and Fu Biao...

没完没了
2000 A Sigh
A Sigh (2000 film)
A Sigh is a 1998 Chinese drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang, written by Wang Shuo, starring Zhang Guoli, Liu Pei, Xu Fan and Fu Biao. Like most of Feng's films, the film is set mostly in Beijing.-Plot:...

一声叹息 Cairo international film festival best film award
2001 Big Shot's Funeral
Big Shot's Funeral
Big Shot's Funeral is a 2001 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang.The film stars Donald Sutherland, Ge You, and Rosamund Kwan.-Plot:...

大腕 The "best hundred-flowers award
2003 Cell Phone
Cell Phone (film)
Cell Phone is an award-winning Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You, Zhang Guoli, Xu Fan and Fan Bingbing. It was first released on 18 December 2003 in Mainland China and was subsequently screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival on 18 March 2005...

手机 The 27th session popular movie hundred-flowers award the best feature film awards,
2004 A World Without Thieves
A World Without Thieves
A World Without Thieves is an award-winning Chinese action / drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Ge You and Li Bingbing. The film is an adaptation of a novelette of the same title by Zhao Benfu that was first published in 1999. The original story is moderately...

天下无贼 Golden Horse Awards for Best Screenplay Adaptation (2005
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 The Award of The best art direction and best film songs
2007 Assembly
Assembly (film)
Assembly is a 2007 Chinese war-drama film written by Liu Heng and directed by Feng Xiaogang. It stars Zhang Hanyu, Deng Chao, Yuan Wenkang, Tang Yan, Wang Baoqiang, Liao Fan, Hu Jun, Ren Quan and Li Naiwen....

集结号 28th Hong Kong film awards best Asian films
The 11th Pyongyang international film festival best picture, best director, best awards
2008 If You Are the One
If You Are the One
If You Are the One is a 2008 Chinese romantic comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You and Shu Qi. The film has been very successful at the Chinese box office, and has became one of Feng's top grossing films to date, and has earned over ¥364 million at the box office.-Plot:Qin...

非诚勿扰 The Top 10 Film Critic Award
2010 Aftershock
Aftershock (film)
Aftershock or Aftershocks, named in Chinese as the "Tangshan Great Earthquake" is a 2010 Chinese drama film depicting the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake directed by Feng Xiaogang. The film stars Xu Fan and Zhang Jingchu, with a supporting cast including Li Chen...

唐山大地震 Selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the Academy Awards of Merit, popularly known as the Oscars, handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...

 at the 83rd Academy Awards
83rd Academy Awards
The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , honored the best films of 2010 and took place February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, Academy Awards ...

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2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰 2

As writer

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1992 After Separation 大撒把
1994 A Born Coward 天生胆小
1997 Dream Factory 甲方乙方
2001 Big Shot's Funeral
Big Shot's Funeral
Big Shot's Funeral is a 2001 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang.The film stars Donald Sutherland, Ge You, and Rosamund Kwan.-Plot:...

大腕
2004 A World Without Thieves
A World Without Thieves
A World Without Thieves is an award-winning Chinese action / drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Ge You and Li Bingbing. The film is an adaptation of a novelette of the same title by Zhao Benfu that was first published in 1999. The original story is moderately...

天下无贼 Golden Horse Awards for Best Screenplay Adaptation (2005)
2008 If You Are the One
If You Are the One
If You Are the One is a 2008 Chinese romantic comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You and Shu Qi. The film has been very successful at the Chinese box office, and has became one of Feng's top grossing films to date, and has earned over ¥364 million at the box office.-Plot:Qin...

非诚勿扰
2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰 2

As actor

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1994 In the Heat of the Sun
In the Heat of the Sun
In the Heat of the Sun is a 1994 movie directed by Jiang Wen. This was Jiang Wen's first foray into directing after years as a leading man. The film is based on author Wang Shuo's novel Wild Beast .-Synopsis:...

阳光灿烂的日子 Mr. Hu
1997 Dream Factory 甲方乙方 the 21st annual hundred-flowers award the best feature film award
2000 Father
Father (2000 film)
Father is a 2000 Chinese film directed by the writer Wang Shuo. To date, it is Wang's first and only directorial effort. The film is based on Wang's own novel, Wo Shi Ni Baba . Despite being partially backed by the state-run Beijing Film Studio, Father suffered from years of bureaucratic red tape...

爸爸 Ma Linsheng
2001 The Marriage Certificate 谁说我不在乎
2002 Cala, My Dog!
Cala, My Dog!
Cala, My Dog! is a 2002 Chinese comedy film directed by Lu Xuechang. The film had its world premiere at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival and its Chinese release a week earlier on February 2, 2003. The film follows a blue-collar worker in Beijing as he attempts to acquire a dog license...

卡拉是条狗
2004 Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 action comedy film directed and produced by, and starring Stephen Chow. The other film producers were Chui Po-chu and Jeffrey Lau, while the screenplay was written by Huo Xin, Chan Man-keung, and Tsang Kan-cheung...

功夫 Crocodile Gang Boss
2005 Wait 'Til You're Older
Wait 'Til You're Older
Wait 'til You're Older is a 2005 Hong Kong film directed by Teddy Chan.-Plot:Kwong is a young boy who lives with his father and stepmother . He blames his stepmother for the suicide of his mother 3 years earlier and continually runs away from home...

童梦奇缘 Drifter
2007 Trivial Matters 破事儿 Marketing Officer for Assassins Group
2009 The Founding of a Republic
The Founding of a Republic
The Founding of a Republic is a 2009 Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film regulator and made by the state-owned China Film Group to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China...

建国大业 Du Yuesheng
Du Yuesheng
Du Yuesheng , commonly known as "Big-Eared Du", was a Chinese gangster who spent much of his life in Shanghai. He was a key supporter of the Kuomintang and Chiang Kai-shek in their battle against the Communists during the 1920s, and was a figure of some importance during the Second Sino-Japanese...

, Boss of the Shanghai
Shanghai
Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper in the world. It is one of the four province-level municipalities in the People's Republic of China, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010...

 Green Gang
Green Gang
The Green Gang was a Chinese criminal organization that operated in Shanghai in the early 20th century.-Origins:It was a secret society established originally by Fong Toh-tak of Shaolin Monastery to protect the Han Chinese who were oppressed by the Manchu rulers of the Qing Dynasty, and to restore...

2010 True Legend
True Legend
True Legend is a 2010 martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh, Andy On, David Carradine, Guo Xiaodong, Feng Xiaogang, Cung Le, Gordon Liu, Bryan Leung and Jacky Heung....

苏乞儿 Cameo
2010 Let the Bullets Fly
Let the Bullets Fly
Let the Bullets Fly is a 2010 China-Hong Kong co-production action comedy film written and directed by Jiang Wen, based on a story by Ma Shitu, a famous Sichuanese writer. The film is set in Sichuan during the 1920s when the bandit Zhang descends upon a town posing as its new mayor...

让子弹飞 师爷

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