Feng Xiaogang

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Feng Xiaogang
Chinese name 馮小剛
Chinese name 馮小剛 (traditional)
Chinese name 冯小刚 (simplified)
Born 1958
Beijing, China
Occupation Director, Actor, Writer
Spouse(s) Xu Fan

Feng Xiaogang (simplified Chinese: 冯小刚; traditional Chinese: 馮小剛; pinyin: Féng Xiǎogāng), (born 1958) in (Beijing, China) is a Chinese film director. He is well known in China as being a highly successful commercial filmmaker whose comedic films do consistently well in the box office, although Feng has attempted to break out from that mold by making drama or period drama films recently.

Biography[edit]

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 (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."[1]

Feng is renowned for making comedies in the Beijing dialect. Almost all of his films star Ge You (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.

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

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 不见不散
1999 Sorry Baby 没完没了
2000 A Sigh 一声叹息 Cairo international film festival best film award
2001 Big Shot's Funeral 大腕 The "best hundred-flowers award
2003 Cell Phone 手机 The 27th session popular movie hundred-flowers award the best feature film awards,
2004 A World Without Thieves 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 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 非诚勿扰 The Top 10 Film Critic Award
2010 Aftershock 唐山大地震 Selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[2]
2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰 2
2012 Back to 1942 一九四二
2013 Personal Tailor 私人订制

As writer[edit]

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 大腕
2004 A World Without Thieves 天下无贼 Golden Horse Awards for Best Screenplay Adaptation (2005)
2008 If You Are the One 非诚勿扰
2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰 2

As actor[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1994 In the Heat of the Sun 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 爸爸 Ma Linsheng
2001 The Marriage Certificate 谁说我不在乎
2002 Cala, My Dog! 卡拉是条狗
2004 Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 Crocodile Gang Boss
2005 Wait 'Til You're Older 童梦奇缘 Drifter
2007 Trivial Matters 破事儿 Marketing Officer for Assassins Group
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Du Yuesheng, Boss of the Shanghai Green Gang
2010 True Legend 苏乞儿 Cameo
2010 Let the Bullets Fly 让子弹飞 师爷
2012 The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven

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References[edit]

  1. ^ McGrath, Jason. "Metacinema for the Masses: Three Films by Feng Xiaogang". Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  2. ^ Coonan, Clifford (27 September 2010). "China sends 'Aftershock' to Oscars". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  3. ^ "Feng Xiaogang". imdb.com. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Feng Xiaogang". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 

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