Sheng Zhimin

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Sheng Zhimin
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Director Sheng Zhimin (left) at a film festival in Vesoul
Background information
Chinese name 盛志民
Pinyin Shèng Zhìmín (Mandarin)
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Occupation Film director, Screenwriter, Line producer

Sheng Zhimin (born 1969) is a Chinese filmmaker from Beijing. Unlike other directors to emerge in recent years, Sheng has had no formal training. He instead began his career as a line producer, screenwriter, and assistant director for other filmmakers like Jia Zhangke, Fruit Chan and Zhang Yang.[1] In these positions, Sheng worked on the films Spicy Love Soup, Durian Durian, Public Toilet, and Platform.[1]


Sheng's first, and so far only directorial effort was 2006's Bliss, a family drama set in the central Chinese city of Chongqing.

Bliss premiered at the 2006 Locarno International Film Festival where it won the NETPAC award,[2] and had its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] It also screened at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival, where it picked up a best picture prize for the New Talent side-competition.[4]


Sheng lists Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and Edward Yang's Yi Yi as important influences in his directorial style.[1] He also considers Jia Zhangke, Fruit Chan, and Yasujirō Ozu among his favorite filmmakers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Toronto '06 Discovery Interview: Sheng Zhimin". indieWire. 2006-09-08. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ "OFFICIAL AWARDS OF THE 59th LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL" (PDF). Locarno International Film Festival. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  3. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2006-06-28). "'Babel,' 'Wind' top slots for Toronto fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 22, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  4. ^ Jones, Arthur (2007-07-24). "'Plan' wins top prize at Shanghai". Variety. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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