Feng Xiaogang

Feng Xiaogang

Feng Xiaogang (simplified Chinese: 冯小刚; traditional Chinese: 馮小剛; pinyin: Féng Xiǎogāng; born 1958 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese film director. He is well known in China as being a highly successful commercial filmmaker whose comedy films do consistently well in the box office, although Feng has attempted to break out from that mold by making drama or period drama films recently. The son of a college professor and a factory nurse, he joined Beijing Military Region Art Troupe as a stage designer after high school. He began his cinema work as an art designer in Beijing Television Art Center in 1985. Later, he moved on to write screenplays. During this period, he worked closely with director Zheng Xiaolong and writer Wang Shuo (王朔).

In the late 1990s, Feng established himself in a genre called “Hesui Pian (贺岁片)”, or “New Year’s Celebration Films” in Chinese cinema. He probably achieved his full fame as the director of the movie The Dream Factory (1997). Having achieved success in the face of competition from Hollywood within mainland China, University of Minnesota professor, Jason McGrath, believes “The entertainment cinema of Feng Xiaogang represents a new model of a Chinese national cinema that positions itself vis-à-vis Hollywood.” Feng is renowned for making comedies in the Beijing dialect. Almost all of his films star Ge You (葛优) in some kind of major role. In recent years he has moved away from solely making comedy films to directing a few drama or period drama movies. He married actress Xu Fan (徐帆) in 1999.

Poster for the movie "I Am Not Madame Bovary"

I Am Not Madame Bovary

Li Xuelian, a woman from the countryside is falsely accused by her husband of having an affair. To defend herself, Li moves from her...
Poster for the movie "Cell Phone"

Cell Phone

FEFJ favourite Feng Xiaogang returns with another Chinese New Year blockbuster. But Cell Phone is something different. In his richest, most satisfyingly realized movie to...
Poster for the movie "Sorry Baby"

Sorry Baby

Poster for the movie "The Banquet"

The Banquet

Poster for the movie "A World Without Thieves"

A World Without Thieves

Mystery, comedy, action adventure, spiritual odyssey, romance... Feng Xiaogang’s masterful A World Without Thieves is all of these films, wrapped up in one irresistible...
Poster for the movie "A Sigh"

A Sigh

A Sigh tells the story of an affair between a struggling Chinese screenwriter and his young female assistant, its effects on his marriage and...
Poster for the movie "Be There or Be Square"

Be There or Be Square

A box-office hit in China last Xmas, Be There or Be Squareis a thoroughly engaging mismatched-couple comedy between two Beijingers in Los Angeles. Basically a...

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