films seen
23
average score
3.28*
nationality
China - 68 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of China's first landmark directors, who has managed to successfully reinvent himself a couple of times since he started making films. A master of visual epics, but also someone who finds his way around social dramas. Essential viewing.

Rare treats

Hero

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Ying Xiong
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 107m
Genre
Martial Arts
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Hero poster

Even though it was one of the first, Hero remains one of the best epic wire-fu films ever produced.

The good stuff

Shadow

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Ying
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2018] - 116m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Shadow poster

A true master of color, Yimou Zhang surprises with this near black and white martial arts drama. It's amazing what he accomplishes with almost no colors to work with, Shadow is a true feast for the eyes. The story is amusing, the action spectacular, but this is above all a visual marvel like only Zhang can make them.

The Flowers of War

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Jin Ling Shi San Chai
Specifics
China [2011] - 146m
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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The Flowers of War poster

The Flowers Of War borders on sentimentality and poses as a very epic endeavor. It's Zhang's magnificent direction that erases any major critiques, turning the film into a proper epic spectacle.

House of Flying Daggers

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Shi Mian Mai Fu
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2004] - 119m
Genre
Romance, Martial Arts
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
House of Flying Daggers poster

Not quite as majestic as Zhang's Hero, but still an overwhelmingly beautiful martial arts drama with a few memorable scenes. The drum dance and the bamboo forest fight are amongst the best the genre has on offer. And apart from some sketchy CG near the end, it hasn't aged a bit.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Qian Li Zou Dan Qi
Specifics
Japan, Hong Kong [2005] - 107m
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles poster

Shanghai Triad

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Yao a Yao Yao Dao Waipo Qiao
Specifics
France, China [1995] - 108m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Thriller, Crime, History
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Shanghai Triad poster

Solid pieces

The Love of the Hawthorn Tree

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Shan Zha Shu Zhi Lian
Specifics
China [2010] - 114m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Love of the Hawthorn Tree poster

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2009] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop poster

Curse of the Golden Flower

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2006] - 114m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Curse of the Golden Flower poster

Happy Times

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Xingfu Shiguang
Specifics
China [2000] - 102m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Happy Times poster

The Road Home

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin
Specifics
China [1999] - 89m
Genre
Drama, Romance, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Road Home poster

Keep Cool

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
You Hua Hao Hao Shuo
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1997] - 93m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Keep Cool poster

To Live

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Huo Zhe
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1994] - 133m
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
To Live poster

Raise the Red Lantern

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1991] - 125m
Genre
Drama, Romance, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Raise the Red Lantern poster

Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces

by Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang
Specifics
Japan, China [1990] - 95m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces poster

The inoffensive

The Great Wall

by Yimou Zhang
Specifics
Hong Kong, Canada [2016] - 103m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Great Wall poster

Chacun Son Cinéma

by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Ming-liang Tsai, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Kar-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang
Specifics
France [2007] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Chacun Son Cinéma poster

Not One Less

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Yi Ge Dou Bu Neng Shao
Specifics
China [1999] - 106m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Not One Less poster

The Story of Qiu Ju

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Qiu Ju Da Guan Si
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1992] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Story of Qiu Ju poster

Red Sorghum

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Hong Gao Liang
Specifics
China [1988] - 91m
Genre
Drama, Romance, War, History
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Red Sorghum poster

Worthy but flawed

Coming Home

by Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Gui Lai
Specifics
France, China [2014] - 109m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Coming Home poster

Big nopes

Lumière and Company

by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Vicente Aranda, John Boorman, Youssef Chahine, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Hugh Hudson, Gaston Kaboré, Abbas Kiarostami, Cédric Klapisch, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, Bigas Luna, Sarah Moon, Arthur Penn, Lucian Pintilie, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jerry Schatzberg, Nadine Trintignant, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Jaco van Dormael, Régis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, Yoshishige Yoshida, Yimou Zhang, Merzak Allouache, Gabriel Axel, Michael Haneke, James Ivory, Patrice Leconte, David Lynch, Ismail Merchant, Claude Miller, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Jacques Rivette
Also known as
Lumière et Compagnie
Specifics
France, Spain [1995] - 88m
Genre
Drama, Anthology
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Lumière and Company poster

Codename Cougar

by Fengliang Yang, Yimou Zhang
Also known as
Daihao Meizhoubao
Specifics
China [1989] - 76m
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Codename Cougar poster