Fei Mu (费穆, October 10, 1906 Shanghai, China – January 31, 1951, aged 44, Hong Kong) was a prominent Chinese film director in the pre-Communist era.
He was born in Shanghai in 1906 and began his career working as an assistant to film pioneer Hou Yao. Known for his artistic style and costume dramas, he directed his first film, Night in the City, at the age of 27 and received both critical and popular acclaim, although the film is now lost. He continued to make films with the Lianhua Film Company throughout the 1930s and became a major talent in the industry. His 1948 film, Spring in a Small Town, was declared the greatest Chinese film ever made by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society in 2005. After the Communist revolution in 1949, Fei Mu fled to Hong Kong and founded the Longma Film Company, where he produced films until his death in 1951. His work fell into obscurity on the mainland but was rediscovered in the 1980s when the China Film Archive re-opened after the Cultural Revolution.
Fei Mu Filmography