He Ping

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is He.
For information on the film director 何平 from Taiwan, see Ho Ping. For the Shu Han general, see Wang Ping (Three Kingdoms).
He Ping
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He Ping signing autographs at the premiere of Wheat at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Chinese name 何平
Pinyin Hé Píng (Mandarin)
Ancestry Manchu
Born Shanxi, China
1957
Occupation Director
Years active 1980s-present

He Ping (Chinese: 何平; pinyin: Hé Píng) (born 1957 in Shanxi, China) is a Chinese film director, whose main filmography consists of a hybrid genre of Western-wuxia movies. He made three movies along this genre - Swordsmen in Double Flag Town (1991), Sun Valley (1995) and Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2004).

He is an ethnic Manchu whose ancestors were members of the Blue Banners. His mother was the female lead in Communist China's first feature film Bridge (1949).

Directorial career[edit]

He Ping began his directorial career in the 1980s, directing stage productions and documentary films.[1] By the late 1980s, He transferred to the Xi'an Film Studio, where he began directing fiction films, including We Are the World and Kawashima Yoshiko a film based on the story of the Manchurian-Japanese princess, Kawashima Yoshiko.[1] In the 1990s, He directed two major Chinese Westerns, Swordsmen in Double Flag Town and Sun Valley, and the historical drama Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker. Swordsmen in Double Flag Town went on to win the Grand Prize at the 3rd Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in February 1992.[2] Sun Valley was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival where it won an Honourable Mention.[3]

In the 2000s, He struck success with his 2004 adventure film Warriors of Heaven and Earth, starring Jiang Wen. Hi Ping's followed this with another historical action film, Wheat, starring Fan Bingbing, which was released in 2009.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1988 We Are the World 我们是世界
1989 Kawashima Yoshiko 川岛芳子
1991 Swordsmen in Double Flag Town 双旗镇刀客 Japan Yobari International Film Festival Best and Fantasy Adventure Film Awards.
Berlin International Film Festival Young Director.
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Mandarin Slice 10.
Shanghai Critic-named China's Top Photographer Award.
1994 Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker 炮打双灯 Hawaii International Film Festival Best Film Awards.
China Golden Rooster Best Director Award.
Best Hepaipian (合拍片) Awards,
Best Art Design Awards.
Taiwan Critics Award.
1995 Sun Valley 日光峡谷
2004 Warriors of Heaven and Earth 天地英雄
2009 Wheat 麦田
2011 The Founding of a Party 建党伟业

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zhang, Yingjin & Xiao, Zhiwei (1998). "He Ping" in Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. Taylor & Francis, p. 183. ISBN 0-415-15168-6.
  2. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL'92". yubarifanta.com. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 

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