Wu Tianming

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Wu Tianming
Wu Tianming01.jpg
Chinese name 吳天明 (traditional)
Chinese name 吴天明 (simplified)
Pinyin Wú Tiānmíng (Mandarin)
Born (1939-12-05)December 5, 1939
Sanyuan County, Shaanxi
Died March 4, 2014(2014-03-04) (aged 74)
Beijing, China
Occupation Film director
Film producer
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.

Wu Tianming (simplified Chinese: 吴天明; traditional Chinese: 吳天明; pinyin: Wú Tiānmíng; December 5, 1939 – March 4, 2014) was a Chinese film director and producer who was considered one of the leading "Fourth Generation" directors.[1]


Born in Sanyuan County, Shaanxi Province, China, Wu Tianming attended the Beijing Film Academy, majoring in film directing after the Cultural Revolution.[1]

Wu was the head of China's renowned Xi'an Film Studio from the beginning of 1984, until political differences forced him to flee to the United States in 1989. At Xi'an Studio he nurtured prominent "Fifth Generation" directors Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige.[1]

Wu returned to China from his U.S. exile in 1994, and directed the acclaimed film The King of Masks.[1]

He died on March 4, 2014 from a heart attack, at the age of 74.[1]


As director[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1979 Reverberations of Life 生活的颤音
1980 Kith and Kin 亲缘
1984 River Without Buoys 没有航标的河流
1984 Life 人生
1986 Old Well 老井 1988 Golden Rooster for Best Director
1996 The King of Masks 变脸 1996 Golden Rooster for Best Director
1998 An Unusual Love 世界
2002 C.E.O.

As producer[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Director Notes
1985 The Black Cannon Incident 黑炮事件 Huang Jianxin
1986 The Horse Thief 盗马贼 Tian Zhuangzhuang
1987 Red Sorghum 紅高梁 Zhang Yimou 1988 Golden Rooster for Best Picture (shared with Wu's own Old Well)
2007 Mr. Cinema 老港正传 Samson Chiu


  1. ^ a b c d e "著名导演吴天明因心肌梗塞去世 享年75岁". Phoenix TV (in Chinese). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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