Chen Kaige

Chen Kaige (born August 12, 1952) is a Chinese film director and a leading figure of the fifth generation of Chinese cinema. His films are known for their visual flair and epic storytelling.

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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Douzi becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Zhang Fengyi  •  Gong Li  •  Lu Qi  •  Leslie Cheung

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Douzi becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Zhang Fengyi  •  Gong Li  •  Lu Qi  •  Leslie Cheung

Killing Me Softly (2002)

A woman grows suspicious of her controlling husband after she discovers secrets about the women in his past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Heather Graham  •  Joseph Fiennes  •  Natascha McElhone  •  Ulrich Thomsen

A woman grows suspicious of her controlling husband after she discovers secrets about the women in his past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Heather Graham  •  Joseph Fiennes  •  Natascha McElhone  •  Ulrich Thomsen

The Last Emperor (1987)

A dramatic history of Puyi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernardo Bertolucci
CAST:  John Lone  •  Peter O'Toole  •  Joan Chen  •  Dennis Dun

A dramatic history of Puyi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernardo Bertolucci
CAST:  John Lone  •  Peter O'Toole  •  Joan Chen  •  Dennis Dun

The Promise (2005)

An orphaned girl, driven by poverty at such a young age, makes a promise with an enchantress. In return for beauty and the admiration of every man, she will never be with the man she loves. This spell cannot be broken unless the impossible happens: snow falling in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Cecilia Cheung  •  Liu Ye  •  Hong Chen  •  Cheng Qian

An orphaned girl, driven by poverty at such a young age, makes a promise with an enchantress. In return for beauty and the admiration of every man, she will never be with the man she loves. This spell cannot be broken unless the impossible happens: snow falling in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Cecilia Cheung  •  Liu Ye  •  Hong Chen  •  Cheng Qian

The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Zhang Fengyi  •  Sun Zhou  •  Lü Xiaohe

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Zhang Fengyi  •  Sun Zhou  •  Lü Xiaohe

Temptress Moon (1996)

Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leslie Cheung  •  Gong Li  •  Kevin Lin  •  He Saifei

Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leslie Cheung  •  Gong Li  •  Kevin Lin  •  He Saifei

Together (2002)

When a violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach - until a shocking discovery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Yun Tang  •  Hong Chen  •  Liu Peiqi  •  Cheng Qian

When a violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach - until a shocking discovery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Yun Tang  •  Hong Chen  •  Liu Peiqi  •  Cheng Qian

Sacrifice (2010)

For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When Tu’an Gu learns of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Ge You  •  Huang Xiaoming  •  Fan Bingbing  •  Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo

For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When Tu’an Gu learns of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Ge You  •  Huang Xiaoming  •  Fan Bingbing  •  Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)

Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello. The project was conceived by the producer Nicolas McClintock as a reflection on the theme of time at the turn of the Millennium. Fifteen ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee  •  Werner Herzog  •  Jim Jarmusch  •  Víctor Erice  •  Aki Kaurismäki  •  Wim Wenders  •  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Markku Peltola  •  Kati Outinen  •  Marko Haavisto  •  Ana Sofia Liaño

Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello. The project was conceived by the producer Nicolas McClintock as a reflection on the theme of time at the turn of the Millennium. Fifteen ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee  •  Werner Herzog  •  Jim Jarmusch  •  Víctor Erice  •  Aki Kaurismäki  •  Wim Wenders  •  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Markku Peltola  •  Kati Outinen  •  Marko Haavisto  •  Ana Sofia Liaño

Caught in the Web (2012)

The story of three women whose worlds collide - a social commentary about the 'sound bite' society we are becoming, where perception becomes reality and judgments based on limited facts quickly spread, without regard for the truth or the damage they could cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Gao Yuanyuan  •  Mark Chao  •  Hong Chen  •  Wang Xueqi

The story of three women whose worlds collide - a social commentary about the 'sound bite' society we are becoming, where perception becomes reality and judgments based on limited facts quickly spread, without regard for the truth or the damage they could cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Gao Yuanyuan  •  Mark Chao  •  Hong Chen  •  Wang Xueqi

A Special Day (2012)

At the 60th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival, 34 famous directors are followed by camera.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samuel Faure  •  Gilles Jacob
CAST:  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Jane Campion  •  Chen Kaige

At the 60th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival, 34 famous directors are followed by camera.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samuel Faure  •  Gilles Jacob
CAST:  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Jane Campion  •  Chen Kaige

Life on a String (1991)

A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Zhongyuan Liu  •  Xu Qing  •  Huang Lei  •  Ma Ling

A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Zhongyuan Liu  •  Xu Qing  •  Huang Lei  •  Ma Ling

The Founding of a Republic (2009)

The tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Han Sanping  •  Huang Jianxin
CAST:  Tang Guoqiang  •  Zhang Guoli  •  Ning Jing  •  Zhang Ziyi

The tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Han Sanping  •  Huang Jianxin
CAST:  Tang Guoqiang  •  Zhang Guoli  •  Ning Jing  •  Zhang Ziyi

The Big Parade (1986)

Army volunteers train for places in China's 1984 National Day parade, where they are expected to be a perfect marching unit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Wang Xueqi  •  Sun Chun  •  Wu Ruofu  •  Akina Hong Wah

Army volunteers train for places in China's 1984 National Day parade, where they are expected to be a perfect marching unit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Wang Xueqi  •  Sun Chun  •  Wu Ruofu  •  Akina Hong Wah

King of the Children (1987)

An unschooled young man, one of the countless victims of Mao's Cultural Revolution, is laboring in the countryside when he is assigned to teach in a nearby school. Gradually, he abandons the Maoist textbook and encourages the barely literate kids to write about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Shaohua Chen  •  Xie Yuan  •  Xuewen Yang  •  Caimei Zhang

An unschooled young man, one of the countless victims of Mao's Cultural Revolution, is laboring in the countryside when he is assigned to teach in a nearby school. Gradually, he abandons the Maoist textbook and encourages the barely literate kids to write about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Shaohua Chen  •  Xie Yuan  •  Xuewen Yang  •  Caimei Zhang

To Each His Own Cinema (2007)

Commissioned to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, "To Each His Own Cinema" brought together 33 of the world's pre-eminent filmmakers to produce short pieces exploring the multifarious facets of cinema and their perspective on the state of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Lars von Trier  •  Roman Polanski  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Bille August  •  Tsai Ming-liang  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Manoel de Oliveira  •  David Cronenberg  •  Ken Loach  •  Jane Campion  •  Atom Egoyan  •  Amos Gitai  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Nanni Moretti  •  Aki Kaurismäki  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Takeshi Kitano  •  Chen Kaige  •  Elia Suleiman  •  Walter Salles  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Raúl Ruiz  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Hou Hsiao-hsien  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Jean-Pierre Dardenne  •  Luc Dardenne  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Pegah Ahangarani  •  Leonid Alexeenko  •  Taraneh Alidoosti  •  Dàvi Alvarado

Commissioned to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, "To Each His Own Cinema" brought together 33 of the world's pre-eminent filmmakers to produce short pieces exploring the multifarious facets of cinema and their perspective on the state of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Lars von Trier  •  Roman Polanski  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Bille August  •  Tsai Ming-liang  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Manoel de Oliveira  •  David Cronenberg  •  Ken Loach  •  Jane Campion  •  Atom Egoyan  •  Amos Gitai  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Nanni Moretti  •  Aki Kaurismäki  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Takeshi Kitano  •  Chen Kaige  •  Elia Suleiman  •  Walter Salles  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Raúl Ruiz  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Hou Hsiao-hsien  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Jean-Pierre Dardenne  •  Luc Dardenne  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Pegah Ahangarani  •  Leonid Alexeenko  •  Taraneh Alidoosti  •  Dàvi Alvarado

Forever Enthralled (2008)

The epic story Mei Lanfang, who overcame the prejudice against artists in 1930s China to become the country's greatest opera star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leon Lai  •  Zhang Ziyi  •  Sun Honglei  •  Hong Chen

The epic story Mei Lanfang, who overcame the prejudice against artists in 1930s China to become the country's greatest opera star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leon Lai  •  Zhang Ziyi  •  Sun Honglei  •  Hong Chen

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (2015)

A monk leaves his monastery and ventures out into the real world for the first time in his life, and ends up in an adventure with a kung-fu master who is guarding a special artifact.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Aaron Kwok  •  Chi-Ling Lin  •  Chang Chen  •  Yuen Wah

A monk leaves his monastery and ventures out into the real world for the first time in his life, and ends up in an adventure with a kung-fu master who is guarding a special artifact.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Aaron Kwok  •  Chi-Ling Lin  •  Chang Chen  •  Yuen Wah

China's Megatomb Revealed (2016)

Albert Lin and National Geographic Channel unearth the terrible secrets that lie hidden in the tomb of China's first Emperor. The Terracotta Warriors are just the tip of the iceberg in this mausoleum the size of Manhattan, that has gone largely unexcavated…until ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige  •  Nic Young  •  Ben Duncan  •  Hugh Ballantyne  •  Ricky Ko
CAST:  Albert Yu-Min Lin

Albert Lin and National Geographic Channel unearth the terrible secrets that lie hidden in the tomb of China's first Emperor. The Terracotta Warriors are just the tip of the iceberg in this mausoleum the size of Manhattan, that has gone largely unexcavated…until ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige  •  Nic Young  •  Ben Duncan  •  Hugh Ballantyne  •  Ricky Ko
CAST:  Albert Yu-Min Lin

The Monkey King 3D: Uproar in Heaven (2012)

A completely remade animation film based on the original 1961 animation The Monkey King. Mythical ancient China. Born from some magic stones that fell to Earth a long time ago when Goddess Nüwa mended the sky, Sun Wukong, aka Monkey King, sets off on his first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wan Laiming  •  Tang Cheng  •  Chen Zhihong  •  速达
CAST:  Chen Daoming  •  Yang Li  •  Chen Pei-Si  •  Zhang Guoli

A completely remade animation film based on the original 1961 animation The Monkey King. Mythical ancient China. Born from some magic stones that fell to Earth a long time ago when Goddess Nüwa mended the sky, Sun Wukong, aka Monkey King, sets off on his first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wan Laiming  •  Tang Cheng  •  Chen Zhihong  •  速达
CAST:  Chen Daoming  •  Yang Li  •  Chen Pei-Si  •  Zhang Guoli
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