Lu Chuan

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Lu Chuan
Born (1971-02-08) 8 February 1971 (age 51)
Years active2000s-present
SpouseHu Die (胡蝶) (m. 2015)
AwardsSan Sebastian Festival – Best Picture:
2009 City of Life and Death

Golden Horse AwardsBest Picture:
2004 Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

Golden Rooster AwardsBest Picture:
2004 Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese陸川
Simplified Chinese陆川

Lu Chuan (born 8 February 1971) is a Chinese filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. He is the son of novelist Lu Tianming (陆天明).[1]


Educated at the People's Liberation Army International Relations University [zh] in Nanjing, Lu spent two years serving in the Army as a secretary to a general.[1] After his time in the army, Lu attended the Beijing Film Academy for a master's degree in directing.[2] While there, he studied the works of his favorite directors including Ingmar Bergman, Jim Jarmusch, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. His dissertation was on the American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.[1]

Directorial career[edit]

Hailed as a major new voice in Chinese cinema,[2] Lu's first two films were small-budget productions which garnered both Chinese and international acclaim: 2002's The Missing Gun and 2004's Kekexili: Mountain Patrol. Kekexili won a Golden Rooster and a Golden Horse best picture award and Special Jury Prize at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Lu's third film, the war drama City of Life and Death, was released in April 2009 to both critical and commercial success. At the same time, however, the film's sympathetic portrayal of a Japanese soldier aroused controversy. Lu Chuan won Achievement in Directing for the film at 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Best Director Award at 4th Asian Film Awards. The film won Best Film and Best Cinematography Awards at 57th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Lu's historical film The Last Supper was released in 2012.


Year English Title Chinese Title Awards
2002 The Missing Gun 寻枪 Annual Best Script, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2001; Best Maiden Work Award, 9th College Student Film Festival of China; Official selection for “Upstream” section of Venice International Film Festival
2004 Kekexili: Mountain Patrol 可可西里 Golden Horse for Best Film, Special Jury Prize at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival, Best Feature Film Golden Rooster Awards, Best Asian Film at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards, Rajatha Chakoram for Best Director, Audience Prize, FIPRESCI Critics Prize, International Film Festival of Kerala, 2005, Best Feature Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2005, Don Quixote Award-Special Mention at Berlin International Film Festival,2005, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Film at Huabiao Film Awards,2005, Best Director at Shanghai Film Critics Awards,2005
2009 City of Life and Death 南京!南京! Best film, San Sebastian Festival, 2009 , Achievement in Directing, 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Director Award, 4th Asian Film Awards, Best Foreign Film at Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards,2011,Best Feature at Oslo Films from the South Festival,2009
2012 The Last Supper 王的盛宴
2015 Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe 九层妖塔
2016 Born in China 生在中国
TBA River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze [3]


  1. ^ a b c Wong, Edward (2009-05-23). "Showing the Glimmer of Humanity Amid the Atrocities of War". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  2. ^ a b APA Staff (2005-04-28). "Locked and Loaded: the Imperturbable Lu Chuan". Asia Pacific Arts. Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 14, 2016). "Lu Chuan to Direct Adaptation of Peter Hessler's 'River Town'". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2016.

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