films seen
13
average score
3.03*
nationality
China - 62 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Feng helped usher in a new era for Chinese cinema, moving it away from rural drama to urban genre. He may not be the most unique, gifted or artistic of directors, but his oeuvre holds some pretty nifty, often undiscovered gems.

Rare treats

The Banquet poster

The Banquet

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Ye Yan
Specifics: China [2006] - 131 mins
Genre: Martial Arts
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4.5

A world of unmatched cinematographic beauty opens itself and provides one of the most stunningly beautiful action films ever released.

Solid pieces

If You Are the One 2 poster

If You Are the One 2

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Fei Cheng Wu Rao 2
Specifics: China [2010] - 120 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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3.5
If You Are the One poster

If You Are the One

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Fei Cheng Wu Rao
Specifics: China [2008] - 130 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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3.5
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Be There or Be Square

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Bu Jian Bu San
Specifics: China [1998] - 103 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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3.5

The inoffensive

I Am Not Madame Bovary poster

I Am Not Madame Bovary

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Wo Bu Shi Pan Jin Lian
Specifics: China [2016] - 128 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.0
Back to 1942 poster

Back to 1942

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Yi Jiu Si Er
Specifics: China [2012] - 145 mins
Genre: War
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3.0
Aftershock poster

Aftershock

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Tangshan Dadizhen
Specifics: China [2010] - 135 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.0
Big Shot's Funeral poster

Big Shot's Funeral

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Da Wan
Specifics: China, Hong Kong [2001] - 103 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.0
Sorry Baby poster

Sorry Baby

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Mei Wan Mei Liao
Specifics: China [1999] - 95 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.0

Trademark mix of comedy and drama that brought fame to Xiaogang Feng, not in the least because of how different it was from other Chinese films at that time. Not a very remarkable film otherwise, but good fun nonetheless, with decent performances, a funny script and solid ending. Feng rarely disappoints.

Worthy but flawed

Assembly poster

Assembly

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Ji Jie Hao
Specifics: China, Hong Kong [2007] - 124 mins
Genre: Drama, War
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2.5
Cell Phone poster

Cell Phone

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Shou Ji
Specifics: China [2003] - 107 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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2.5
A Sigh poster

A Sigh

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Yi Sheng Tan Xi
Specifics: China [2000] - 111 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance, Family
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2.5

Early Xiaogang Feng that is surprisingly traditional. A Sigh a romantic drama featuring a lot of torn and broken characters. The love triangle is nothing new, neither is the execution. It's not bad, but I've come to expect more from Feng, plenty of others could've directed this film and the outcome would've been just the same.

Dubious filler

Youth poster

Youth

by Xiaogang Feng
Also know as: Fang Hua
Specifics: China [2017] - 135 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
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2.0

A pretty disappointing film from Feng, which oddly mimics the kind of cinema he helped China to move away from some 20 years ago. Youth reminded me of a film Yimou Zhang could have made during the 90s, only without the natural grace and visual splendor that made Zhang's films stand out.

Youth follows Xiaoping, a young country bumpkin joining a military dance troupe in the hope of finding some respect and appreciation. It doesn't take long before the bullying starts though and when the war erupts she is sent to a frontline hospital to tend to the wounded soldiers. Unfazed, she accepts her destiny and becomes an overnight hero.

Visually I expected more from Feng. The film doesn't look bad, but there are few memorable moments, even though it's clear the budget wasn't lacking. Actors do a decent job, but there are no stand-out performances. It's the score that is by far the weakest element though. It's loud and saccharine, leaving a bitter aftertaste. While not terrible, Youth simple isn't good enough for a director like Feng.