Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1970-05-24 (51 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Fenyang, Shanxi, China

52 Movies

Also Known As: 贾樟柯 · Zhangke Jia · Zhang Ke Jia · Jia Zhang-Ke · 지아장커

Biography

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."

Early Life

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

2021.

4 Movies
Keep Rolling

Keep Rolling

2021
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...
Close-Up

Close-Up

2021
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

Heaven and Hell

2021
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

Tracing Her Shadow

2021
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.

2020.

6 Movies
A Song for You

A Song for You

2020
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...
Citizen Kitano

Citizen Kitano

2020
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

Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

2020
There is a multi-generational roster of the country's most esteemed writers at the local literature festival in Shanxi, China.
Visit

Visit

2020
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...
The Calming

The Calming

2020
A film director wanders the world alone after breaking up with her boyfriend, finally gaining inner peace.
The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come

2020
In 2003, Han Dong, a teenager who dropped out of high school, arrives at Beijing with a dream of becoming a journalist.

2019.

1 Movie
Neighbors

Neighbors

2019
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...

2018.

2 Movies
Dead Pigs

Dead Pigs

2018
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

Ash Is Purest White

2018
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.

2017.

3 Movies
One Night on the Wharf

One Night on the Wharf

2017
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?

Where Has Time Gone?

2017
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...
Revive

Revive

2017
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 ...

2016.

1 Movie
The Hedonists

The Hedonists

2016
Jia Zhangke brings to this edition of the Beautiful series The Hedonists, an engaging drama about several unemployed Shanxi coalminers looking for work.

2015.

3 Movies
About Cinema

About Cinema

2015
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

Mountains May Depart

1
2015
In three different time periods, the life of Tao and those close to her is explored.
Smog Journeys

Smog Journeys

2015
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...

2014.

3 Movies
Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema

Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema

2014
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

Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang

2014
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...
The Continent

The Continent

6.67
2014
Three men are in a movie.

2013.

3 Movies
Venice 70: Future Reloaded

Venice 70: Future Reloaded

2013
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

Forgetting to Know You

2013
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

A Touch of Sin

6
2013
There are many stories about violence in China.

2011.

2 Movies
Yulu

Yulu

2011
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

3.11 A Sense of Home

2011
Each director presents a 3 minute and 11 second short film in remembrance of those who were lost in the Japanese earthquake.

2010.

1 Movie
I Wish I Knew

I Wish I Knew

2010
The stories of the people of the mid-1800s and the present day are covered.

2008.

5 Movies
Remembrance

Remembrance

2008
Jia Zhangke’s short for Modern Weekly’s special tenth anniversary issue.
Black Breakfast

Black Breakfast

2008
Short-movie form Stories on Human Rights, 2008.
24 City

24 City

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

Stories on Human Rights

2008
20 short films about human rights.
Cry Me a River

Cry Me a River

2008
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...

2007.

3 Movies
Our Ten Years

Our Ten Years

2007
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

Xiao Jia Going Home

2007
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...
Useless

Useless

2007
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...

2006.

4 Movies
Walking on the Wild Side

Walking on the Wild Side

2006
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 ...
Karmic Mahjong

Karmic Mahjong

2006
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...
Still Life

Still Life

6
2006
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.
Dong

Dong

2006
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...

2004.

1 Movie
The World

The World

2004
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...

2003.

2 Movies
All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow's Parties

2003
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

Shiny Stars, Rusty Red

2003
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.

2002.

1 Movie
Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

2002
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...

2001.

3 Movies
Platform

Platform

4
2001
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

The Condition of Dogs

2001
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...
In Public

In Public

2001
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...

1998.

1 Movie
Pickpocket

Pickpocket

1998
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...

1995.

1 Movie
Xiao Shan Going Home

Xiao Shan Going Home

1995
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...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies
In the Qing Dynasty

In the Qing Dynasty

The abolition of the imperial examination system caused turbulence among scholars, bandits and local officials.
Pseudo Idealist

Pseudo Idealist

In Cheng Er's Pseudo idealist, Jia Zhangke is starring as an artist facing a midlife crisis.
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