Liu Bingjian

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Liu Bingjian
Chinese name 劉冰鑒 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘冰鉴 (simplified)
Pinyin Líu Bīngjiàn (Mandarin)
Born (1963-10-16) October 16, 1963 (age 53)
Anhui, China
Years active 1990s-2000s

Liu Bingjian (born October 16, 1963 in Anhui) is a Chinese film director who emerged on the cinema scene in the late 1990s with his LGBT-themed film Men and Women.


Originally trained as a painter, Liu attended the prestigious Beijing Film Academy where he studied cinematography.[1] Upon graduation, he switched to directing and worked in television before making his first film Inkstone which failed to be screened either in China or abroad.

In 1999, he directed the underground LGBT film Men and Women. Though the film was banned in China, it was seen as a rare example of a Chinese film to treat homosexuality as an everyday occurrence.[2]

Liu followed up Men and Women with Cry Woman in 2002.[3]

Like many of his colleagues, Liu Bingjian emerged from the underground scene with 2004's state-approved Plastic Flowers, starring actress Liu Xiaoqing in her first role in over a decade.[4] The film premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.


Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1995 Inkstone 砚床
1999 Men and Women 男男女女
2002 Cry Woman 哭泣的女人
2004 Plastic Flowers 春花开


  1. ^ CityWeekend staff (2006-12-06). "Movie Interview: Liu Bingjian". CityWeekend. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  2. ^ Rooney, David (1999-08-30). "Men and Women Review". Variety. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Cry Woman". Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-07. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Elley, Derek (2004-10-26). "Plastic Flowers Review". Variety. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 

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