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Chinese Famous Director

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Chen Kaige: One of China's Greatest Directors
By Charles Custer, About.com Guide
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Chen Kaige: One of China's Greatest Directors
Chen Kaige

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Chen Kaige is an accomplished director and filmmaker who is part of what is commonly called the fifth generation of Chinese cinema. His films include Yellow Earth, Farewell My Concubine, and The Emperor and the Assassin.

Name: Chen Kaige (陈凯歌)

Gender: Male

Profession: Director/producer

Born: August 12, 1952

Birthplace: Beijing, China

Why You Should Know Chen Kaige

Chen was one of the most prominent members of the "fifth generation" of Chinese cinema. Chen, like many of China's other famous directors in the 1980s and 1990s, graduated the Beijing Film Academy in 1982 as part of the first class to graduate after the Academy had been shut down because of the Cultural Revolution. His first film, Yellow Earth quickly set the tone for fifth-generation films with its striking cinematography (the film's cinematographer was Zhang Yimou, who went on to be quite a famous director himself). It received quite a bit of attention abroad, and kick-started the foreign interest in Chinese cinema that helped Chen and his...

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