Jia Zhangke (born 24 May 1970) is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the "Sixth Generation" movement of Chinese cinema, a group that also includes such figures as Wang Xiaoshuai, Lou Ye, Wang Quan'an and Zhang Yuan.Jia's early films, a loose trilogy based in his home province of Shanxi, were made outside of China's state-run film bureaucracy, and therefore are considered "underground" films. Beginning in 2004, Jia's status in his own country rose when he was allowed to direct his fourth feature film, The World, with state approval.Jia's films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally, notably winning the Venice Film Festival's top award Golden Lion for Still Life. NPR critic John Powers praised him as "(perhaps) the most important filmmaker working in the world today."
Jia Zhangke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. His interest in film began in the early 1990s, as an art student at the Shanxi University in Taiyuan. On a lark, Jia attended a screening of Chen Kaige's masterpiece, Yellow Earth. The film, according to Jia, was life changing, and convinced the young man that he wanted to be a director. Jia would eventually make it to China's prestigious Beijing Film Academy in 1993, as a film theory major, giving him access to both western and eastern classics, as well as an extensive film library.
Movies & TV shows
One of Hong Kong's most influential filmmakers, Ann Hui, becomes a "star" for the first time. A progenitor of the New Wave, Hui's tumultuous, forty-year career is an unequivocal testimony to her unyie...
The counterpart to the wide shot is explored in Close-Up. Four elevated cameras watch a busy traffic intersection, capturing the steady stream of cars, bikes and pedestrians that cross it. A fifth cam...
Heaven and Hell
The movie tells the story of a restaurant owner, played by Duan Yihong, who has been looking for his son's murderer for seven years. He met a young man with a complicated background while he was on th...
Tracing Her Shadow
An old Chinese woman travels to Japan to find her missing daughter who she adopted after World War II. A retired Japanese policeman and her granddaughter are looking for her.
A Song for You
In A Song for You – a road movie and a music industry insider comedy, with lots of songs – young Ngawang leaves behind a nomadic existence on the Tibetan plateau for big city Lhasa nightclubs. His dre...
He has a face that is hard to distinguish. He's an artist who does many different things. Takeshi Kitano embodies the new Japanese cinema, but he is also an instigator of the conservative Japanese soc...
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue
There is a multi-generational roster of the country's most esteemed writers at the local literature festival in Shanxi, China.
In "Spaces #2", 7 internationally acclaimed directors shot, after commissioning by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, a short film at home, making their own timely comment on the new realit...
A film director wanders the world alone after breaking up with her boyfriend, finally gaining inner peace.
The Best is Yet to Come
In 2003, Han Dong, a teenager who dropped out of high school, arrives at Beijing with a dream of becoming a journalist.
The 43rd edition screens Neighbors, with five segments about the theme “neighbors”: not only about physical proximity, but also about relationships. In Brazil, Olga is a 90-year-old black woman who lo...
A pig farmer, a busboy, a salon owner, an expatriate architect, and a rich girl cross paths as thousands of dead pigs float down the Yangtze River.
Ash Is Purest White
The tale of love and betrayal follows a dancer who fired a gun to protect her mobster boyfriend during a fight. She was released from prison 5 years later.
One Night on the Wharf
Han Dong adapts his own 1998 novel, about a group of young poets accidentally caught up in an inexplicable dispute with local hoodlums and security guards.
Where Has Time Gone?
A short film omnibus featuring the work of five directors representing five countries involved in the 2017 BRICS summit, an annual international relations conference held between Brazil, Russia, India...
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa contributed to Revive, which is one of five short films within Where Has Time Gone?. In the segment, a Chinese couple in the ancient town of Pingyao try ...
An abandoned tumbledown theater in the outback of Paraíba state is the initial setting of a film about cinema, which explores the testimonials of the novelist and playwright Ariano Suassuna and other ...
Mountains May Depart
In three different time periods, the life of Tao and those close to her is explored.
Jia Zhangke's short film for Greenpeace East Asia depicts the effects of air pollution in northeast China, a region frequently blanketed in dangerous levels of air pollution. 'Smog Journeys' traces tw...
Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema
In 1982, a group of filmmakers from Taiwan set out to establish a cultural identity through cinema and to share it with the world. The documentary looks at the movement's history.
Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke returns to the shooting locations of his films, along with his actors, friends and close collaborators. Jia recalls the inspiration sources for his movies, such as Platfo...
Three men are in a movie.
Venice 70: Future Reloaded
Made for the Venice Film Festival's 70th anniversary, seventy filmmakers made a short film between 60 and 90 seconds long on their interpretation of the future of cinema.
Forgetting to Know You
Young Chinese parents Chen Xuesong and Cai Weihang find their marriage eroding as they deal with financial troubles, jealousy and constant bickering. When Weihang finds a photo of Xuesong and her ex-b...
A Touch of Sin
There are many stories about violence in China.
The stories of 12 Chinese pioneers were chosen from the fields of business and the arts. Against the backdrop of modern China, the protagonists reflect upon their life journeys.
3.11 A Sense of Home
Each director presents a 3 minute and 11 second short film in remembrance of those who were lost in the Japanese earthquake.
Jia Zhangke’s short for Modern Weekly’s special tenth anniversary issue.
Short-movie form Stories on Human Rights, 2008.
The city of Chengdu nowadays. The factory is shutting down to make way for a complex of luxury apartments. The stories of old workers, factory executives and yuppies can be found in the History of Chi...
Stories on Human Rights
20 short films about human rights.
Cry Me a River
An ancestral city; through its delicious botanical garden and its branched canals, we observe the clues and traces of its ancient culture. Two couples of men and women, former lovers, meet again one y...
Our Ten Years
Throughout ten years of a key era in Chinese and Hong Kong history, a girl becomes fixated on a fellow commuter who she observes regularly. While the two never speak to one another, the girl captures ...
Xiao Jia Going Home
Leading Chinese Sixth Generation filmmaker Jia Zhangke returns home to Fenyang in Shanxi province after winning the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival for Still Life (2006). The experiences...
Observations of three varied corners of China’s garment industry: workers in a large-scale production line factory; a designer who rallies against the mass-machine-production of clothes and has create...
Walking on the Wild Side
Han Jie’s feature debut draws on his own experiences growing up in a desolate mining district in northern China’s Shanxi province. A Chinese road movie, Walking on the Wild Side charts a young gang’s ...
Chen Chuan seems to have bad luck all the time. Chen vows to kill the person responsible for his misfortunes after being convinced by a blind fortune teller that he must eliminate the "villain" that i...
The town will be destroyed by the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses and become witnesses to societal changes.
China's greatest living filmmaker Jia Zhangke (Platform, The World) travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong from China to Thailand as they as they meet everyday workers in the throes of social tur...
A young dancer, her security-guard boyfriend and others work at World Park, a bizarre cross-pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center, where visitors can interact with famous international monuments w...
All Tomorrow's Parties
In a future century, after the apocalypse, Gui Dao dynasty controls continental Asia. Zhuai and his younger brother Mian are captured and sent to "Prosperity Camp" for reeducation. They soon discover ...
Shiny Stars, Rusty Red
Meet Wang Yuelun, a young and ambitious Chinese who dreams of becoming a film director. Filmmaker Elisabeth O. Sjaastad follows an eventful year in his quest to fulfill his dream.
Datong is home to the new "Birth Control" generation of disaffected youths. In the People's Republic of China, the characters of Unknown Pleasures are detached from reality through the screen of media...
Four performers from the Peasant Culture Group are followed by a movie in a remote Chinese province. After China adopts an 'open door' policy, we see the group evolve from workers that are restricted ...
The Condition of Dogs
There is a market where puppies are purchased and sold. Several puppies are placed in a cloth bag and are struggling to break free. One bites through the bag and pokes his head, and is observed in his...
A fragmentary landscape for a little train station in a suburban area and a bus stop in a mining town. A lonely soldier in his heavy coat, a tired old man, a bubbly young lady, a punk, a woman waiting...
Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone, as his old buddy doesn't invite him for his wedding. When he falls in love with a hooker he i...
Xiao Shan Going Home
Xiao Shan, a temporary worker at the Hongyuan Restaurant, has just been fired by his boss Zhao Guoqing. Deciding to leave Beijing and returns to his home in Anyang, he goes to see a series of people f...
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