films seen
10
average score
3.90*
nationality
China - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the directors who ushered in a new era of Chinese cinema. Modern romance in urban settings became Zhang's signature, a far cry from the films of China's fifth gen directors. Has a rich and impressive oeuvre worth exploring.

Rare treats

Spring Subway

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Kaiwang Chuntian De Ditie
Specifics
China [2002] - 93m
Genre
Romance
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Spring Subway poster

Zhang does a magnificent job at both romantic and dramatic angles and delivers a beautifully shot and scored film, revolving around a lovable couple.

About Love

by Ten Shimoyama, Chih-yen Yee, Yibai Zhang
Specifics
Japan, China [2005] - 102m
Genre
Romance, Anthology
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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About Love poster

If romance isn't your thing this anthology probably isn't going to persuade you, but within the genre this is definitely one of the better offerings out there.

The good stuff

I Belonged to You

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Cong Ni De Quan Shi Jie Lu Guo
Specifics
China [2016] - 112m
Genre
Romance
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
I Belonged to You poster

Yibai Zhang's talent is beyond questioning. The stronger bits of his latest effort are stunning, dressed up in lush visuals and backed up by a strong soundtrack.

Curiosity Kills the Cat

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Hao Qi Hai Shi Mao
Specifics
China [2006] - 93m
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Curiosity Kills the Cat poster

Lost Indulgence

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Mi Guo
Specifics
China [2008] - 100m
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Lost Indulgence poster

Some lovely visuals, a strong score and some neat little touches to lighten up the atmosphere from time to time and what you have is quality drama

Eternal Moment

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Jiang Ai
Specifics
China [2011] - 108m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Anthology
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Eternal Moment poster

Stylishly visualized, strongly acted and pleasantly diverse, Eternal Moment is another great film in Yibai Zhang's oeuvre

Run for Love

by Qunshu Gao, Hu Guan, Hua-Tao Teng, Meng Zhang, Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Zai Shijie De Zhongxin Huhuan Ai
Specifics
China [2016] - 137m
Genre
Romance, Anthology
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Run for Love poster

There are no weak shorts, one exceptional piece and enough variation to breeze through its 140 minutes running time.

Solid pieces

Back In Time

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Cong Cong Na Nian
Specifics
China [2014] - 119m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Back In Time poster

The Longest Night in Shanghai

by Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Yoru no Shanghai
Specifics
China, Japan [2007] - 110m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Longest Night in Shanghai poster

The inoffensive

My People, My Country

by Kaige Chen, Hu Guan, Hao Ning, Muye Wen, Zheng Xu, Xiaolu Xue, Yibai Zhang
Also known as
Wo He Wo De Zu Guo
Specifics
China [2019] - 158m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
My People, My Country poster

There's a lot of flag-waving and chest-thumping going on here, but look past that and you'll find a decent anthology celebrating the achievements of the little people, helmed by some of China's prime directors. It was a little too sentimental and overdone in places, but it wasn't as terrible as I had initially feared it would be.