He Qun

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He Qun
Chinese name 何群
Pinyin Hé Qún (Mandarin)
Born (1955-12-07)December 7, 1955
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Died December 31, 2016(2016-12-31) (aged 61)
Residence Beijing, China
Other names He Batiao (何八条)
Origin People's Republic of China
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy
Occupation Film director, Art director
Years active 1980s–2016
Golden Rooster Awards
Best Film:
1994 Country Teachers

He Qun (Chinese: 何群; 7 December 1955 – 31 December 2016) was a Chinese filmmaker. A graduate of the 1982 class of the Beijing Film Academy, he was an inaugural member of China's "Fifth Generation" movement.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1955 in Nanjing, Jiangsu. Like many of his generation, his early life was thrown into turmoil by the Cultural Revolution. His father, an artist, was denounced as a rightist, and He was sent to the outskirts of Beijing where he did manual labor as a welder for six years.[1] In 1978, He was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy in its art department, and was assigned to the Guangxi Film Studio when he graduated in 1982.[1]


He's early career was as an art director, where he worked on many important films of the early Fifth Generation movement, including The Big Parade (1986, directed by Chen Kaige) and Widow Village (1988, directed by Wang Jin).[1]

In 1988, he began his career in direction with the war film Mutiny. Since then, he has directed films of several genres, including gangster films (Westbound Convict Train, 1989), comedies (Once Conned, 1992) and mysteries (The Vanished Woman (1992). In 1993, He found critical success with his rural drama Country Teachers, which won the Golden Rooster Award for best picture.

Selected filmography[edit]

As art director[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Director
1983 One and Eight 一个和八个 Zhang Junzhao
1986 The Big Parade 大阅兵 Chen Kaige
1988 Widow Village 寡妇村 Wang Jin
1990 The Wedding Maidens 出嫁女 Wang Jin

As director[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1988 Mutiny 哗变
1989 Westbound Convict Train 西行囚车 Also known as Prison Car to the West
1991 Steel Meets Fire 烈火金刚
1992 Once Conned 上一当
1992 The Vanished Woman 消失的女人 Also known as The Woman Who Disappeared
1993 Country Teachers 凤凰琴
1996 The Strangers in Beijing 混在北京

As actor[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2001 The Grand Mansion Gate 大宅门 A worker in a pawnshop [3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Zhang, Yingjin & Xiao, Zhiwei (1998). "The Fifth Generation" in Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. Taylor & Francis, p. 164. ISBN 0-415-15168-6.
  2. ^ "导演何群心脏病发辞世 曾客串《大宅门》". sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  3. ^ 名导何群客串《大宅门》惨遭陈宝国“挤兑”(图) . sina (in Chinese). 2011-05-09. 
  4. ^ 导演何群心脏病发辞世 曾客串《大宅门》 . sina (in Chinese). 2016-12-31. 

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