Xie Jin

Xie Jin (谢晋, November 21, 1923 – October 18, 2008) was a Chinese film director. He rose to prominence in 1957, directing the film Woman Basketball Player No. 5, and is considered one of the Third Generation directors of China. Most recently he was known for the direction of The Opium War.

Xie was a popular director amongst the older generations of Chinese, with six of his films being voted Best Picture in the Hundred Flowers Awards. He was the only Chinese director to date to be a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Directors Guild of America.

Chinese director Xie Jin
Chinese director Xie Jin

Poster for the movie "Penitentiary Angel"

Penitentiary Angel

This is a story about seven female prisoners each with different backgrounds, living within the one prison. At the beginning of the story, a new inmate Ding Qing Er arrives with tears streaming down her face, but told that it’s too late to cry. The story continues to slowly reveal the lives of the female prisoners, and each of their struggles to have ended up where they are today. There’s the mother who’s husband keeps … Read more

Poster for the movie "A Wave of Unrest"

A Wave of Unrest

The clan law of the Yang family works against the relationships of a widow and her daughter until a new marriage law is enacted after liberation.

Poster for the movie "Legend of Tianyun Mountain"

Legend of Tianyun Mountain

When Song Wei’s fiancee Luo Qun is denounced as a right-wing traitor by Party official Wu Yao, he is sentenced to ten years’ hard labor. Song Wei breaks off her engagement, and eventually marries Wu Yao. Years later, after the Cultural Revolution, political currents have shifted; Song Wei demands that her husband, now a powerful Party official, seek Luo Qun’s rehabilitation, but Wu Yao has no desire to open up old political and emotional wounds.

Poster for the movie "The Red Detachment of Women"

The Red Detachment of Women

Qiong Hua is a slave girl of Nan Batian, a big landlord in Yelinzhai Village on Hainan Island. She has tried many times but cannot escape from the landlord’s cruel oppression. Later, Nan Batian jails her in a water dungeon. Hong Changqing is the Party representative of a red detachment of women. He disguises himself as a wealthy businessman residing abroad and comes to her rescue. He pretends to buy Qiong Hua to be his … Read more

Poster for the movie "Woman Basketball Player No. 5"

Woman Basketball Player No. 5

Woman Basketball Player No. 5 is a 1957 Chinese film presented by Tian Ma Film Studio and directed by Xie Jin, starring Qin Yi, Liu Qiong, Cao Qiwei and Wang Qi. It is the first colored sports movie filmed after the formation of the People’s Republic of China, and also the first film directed by renowned film director Xie Jin.

Poster for the movie "Qiu Jin"

Qiu Jin

A biopic about Chinese revolutionary Qiu Jin.

Poster for the movie "Bell of Purity Temple"

Bell of Purity Temple

In 1945, Japan is defeated in its war of aggression against China. During a panic retreat, a baby boy is abandoned, but is adopted and grows up to become and eminent monk. Thirty years later, he visits China and meets his real mother who is now elderly and weak.

Poster for the movie "Wreaths at the Foot of the Mountain"

Wreaths at the Foot of the Mountain

Wreaths at the Foot of the Mountain is a 1984 Chinese film about the life of the soldiers in a PLA army company before, during and after the Sino-Vietnamese War.

Poster for the movie "The Last Aristocrats"

The Last Aristocrats

Four Chinese women students in the USA are stranded when the Communists take over Shanghai in 1948.

Poster for the movie "The Herdsman"

The Herdsman

This movie is adapted from the novel Heroes in Tongbai. Xiao Hua, a sister of Zhao Yongsheng, is deserted by her poor family. He Xiangdong, a woodworker, adopts her and rename her He Cuigu. To steer clear of arrest by the enemy, Dong Hongguo, offspring of a revolutionary family, is renamed Xiao Hua so as to be adopted by her adopter. Later, Zhao Yongsheng’s parents are killed by the enemy.

Poster for the movie "The Opium War"

The Opium War

The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key figures, fiercely nationalistic Lin Zexu, and opportunistic British naval diplomat Charles Elliot.

Poster for the movie "Da Li, Xiao Li he Lao Li"

Da Li, Xiao Li he Lao Li

Da Li, Xiao Li he Lao Li (1962) — — – 1 January 1962 Your rating: Not rated yet! Director:  Xie Jin Stars:  Xiasheng Liu, Haha … Read more

Poster for the movie "Chunmiao"


Chunmiao is a 1975 Chinese film directed by Xie Jin, Yan Bili and Liang Tingduo, starring Li Xiuming as the titular village girl who became a barefoot doctor through political struggle.

Poster for the movie "Hibiscus Town"

Hibiscus Town

Based on a novel by the same name written by Gu Hua, a melodrama about the life and travails of a young woman who lives through the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution.

Poster for the movie "Two Stage Sisters"

Two Stage Sisters

In pre-communist China, two sisters lead very different lives. One is a famous performer while the other is a political activist. In 1935 a runaway tongyangxi, Zhu Chunhua, takes refuge at an itinerant Yue Opera troupe performing at a Shaoxing village. The head of the troupe, A’Xin, intends to send the girl away, but Yue Opera teacher Xing, seeing her potential, takes Chunhua in as a disciple and trains her. Chunhua signs a deal with … Read more