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Born in Beijing in 1967, Zhang Yang graduated from the directing department of the Central Drama Academy in 1992. Soon after, he won widespread attention and respect with a stage production of Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman starring Jia Hongsheng. Aside from further work in the theater, he went on to direct more than twenty underground music videos in the early 1990s. In 1996 he teamed up with the American producer Peter Loehr, who had just launched the independent film company Imar in Beijing.
Their first collaboration, the comedy-drama Spicy Love Soup, not only topped the Chinese box-office for its year but also marked the start of an enduring partnership. Their second feature Shower was another huge commercial success (sold to 56 countries, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the US) and won eleven awards at nine different international film festivals — including Best Director at San Sebastian, Best Film and Best Director at Seattle, and the FIPRESCI prize in Toronto. Their third feature Quitting, a docu-drama based on the real-life drug addiction and schizophrenia of its star Jia Hongsheng, won the FIPRESCI prize in Stockholm. And their fourth feature Sunflower, a semi-autobiographical film about a difficult fatherson relationship, took Best Director and Best Cinematography prizes in San Sebastian. The top Hollywood talent agency CAA (Creative Artists Agency) has recently opened an office in Beijing, and has signed Zhang Yang as one of its first clients.


Zhang Yang

Poster for the movie "Up the Mountain"

Up the Mountain

Years ago, artist Shen Jianhua moved from Shanghai to a remote mountain village. His drawing lessons have a profound effect on the lives of the...
Poster for the movie "Soul on a String"

Soul on a String

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long...
Poster for the movie "Paths of the Soul"

Paths of the Soul

Docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet.
Poster for the movie "Sunflower"


Poster for the movie "Shower"


An aged father and his younger, mentally challenged son have been working hard every day to keep the bathhouse running for a motley group...
Poster for the movie "Driverless"


Driverless is about three love stories that are intertwined by a car accident. Driverless is a 2010 Chinese romance film directed by Zhang Yang and...
Poster for the movie "Getting Home"

Getting Home

Inspired by a news report about a man who tried to carry the corpse of his friend back to his hometown for burial, Zhang...
Poster for the movie "Quitting"


Quitting is a 2001 Chinese drama film directed by Zhang Yang, starring and based on the true life story of Jia Hongsheng. Jia, an actor...

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