5th Generation Project

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All films I have seen in my exploration of the 5th Generation, the most influential cohort of mainland Chinese filmmakers.

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1 - Directors from Beijing Film Academy Class of 1982
1a. Director course (1-149)
Chen Kaige (19), Tian Zhuangzhuang (15), Zhang Jianya* (15), Wu Ziniu (12), Peng Xiaolian (11), Xia Gang (11), Li Shaohong (10), Zhang Junzhao (9), Liu Miaomiao (8), Hu Mei (8), Jin Tao (7), Jiang Haiyang (5), Wang Ziyin (4), Jiang Weihe* (4), Xie Xiaojing* (4), Cui Xiaoqin* (4), Bai Hong (3), Li Ziyu (3), Li Xiaojun* (2), Zhou Wei (2), Ying Qi (1), Li Shaoxu (1), Zhao Jin (1)

1b. Cinematographer course (150-222)
Zhang Yimou (26), Lu Yue (7), Xiao Feng (7), Gu Changwei (7), Mu Deyuan (5), Zhang Li (4), Xing Shumin (3), Hou Yong (3), Wang Xiaolie (3), Liang Ming* (2), Sun Cheng (2), Wang Lianping (1), Zheng Ming (1), Shen Xinghao (1), Zhi Lei (1), Zhao Fei (1)

1c. Art department course (223-272)
Huo Jianqi (13), Feng Xiaoning (11), He Qun (8), Yin Li (6), Zhang Bingjian (2), Ma Huiwu (2), Shi Jiandu (2), Han Gang (1), Liu Yichuan (1), Li Jingsong (1), Hao Bing (1), Jiang Xiaozhen (1), Wang Honghai (1)

1d. Sound design course (273-283)
Ning Ying (11)

1e. Acting course (284-297)
Chen Guoxing* (13), Zhang Tielin (1), Jia Dongshuo (1)

1f. Animation course (298-325)
Ai Weiwei (14), Liu Zuofeng (8), Hu Yihong (3), Chen Sanwei (1), Li Geng (1), Zhang Xiaoan (1)

2 - Other Directors
2a. Associated figures who directed a feature in the 1980s (326-435)
Huang Jianxin (16), Zhou Xiaowen (12), Sun Zhou (11), Xu Geng (9), Mai Lisi & Sai Fu (9), He Ping (8), Zhang Zeming (5), Wang Jixing (5) , Song Jiangbo (5), Yu Xiaoyang (5), Dai Sijie (4), Ye Daying (4), Yang Fengliang* (4), Han Sanping** (2), Chen Lizhou (2), Xie Hong (2), Chen Guojun (2), Zheng Hua (2), Kang Jianning (2), Shi Chenfeng* (2) , Guo Fangfang** (2), Pan Peicheng (1), Weng Luming (1), Fan Yuan (1), Yan Xiaozhui (1), Chen Lu** (1)

2b. Associated figures who didn’t direct a feature until after the 1980s (436-495)
Feng Xiaogang (18), Yang Yazhou* (9), Jiang Wen (6), Lei Xianhe* (4), Chen Peisi (3), Qi Jian (3), Gu Rong (2), Wang Xingjun (2), Lu Xiaowei (2), Zheng Xiaolong (2), Dong Zhenye (2), Liu Baolin** (2), Song Zhao (1), Zhang Xiaomin (1), Li Xian (1), Guo Lin (1), Wang Xinsheng (1), Lu Wei (1), Wang Shuo (1), Zeng Nianping (1), Zhu Shimao (1), Zhang Rui (1), Yi Huhewula (1), Jiang Hao** (1)

3 - One-off films related to the movement
3a. Related narrative films (496-497)
- The Last Emperor (1987, Bernardo Bertolucci)
- Buddha’s Lock (1987, Yim Ho)

3b. Documentaries about the Fifth Generation movement or specific Fifth Generation films (498-503)
- New Chinese Cinema (1989, Tony Rayns)
- Arena: Zhang Yimou (1993, Christopher Bruce)
- Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" (2018, Wang Peng)
- A New Appreciation of Chinese Cinema: Tony Rayns on Red Sorghum (2018, Gu Pengyuan)
- The Movie For The Next Century: Tony Rayns on The Horse Thief (2019, Gu Pengyuan)
- An Innovative Feature Film Debut: Tony Rayns on The Black Cannon Incident (2019, Gu Pengyuan)

4. Television series / adjacent filmmakers working only in television (504-516)
- Zhen San (1986, Lin Danqing, 10 episodes)
- The Temptation of Tibet (1988, Liu Lang, feature)
- A Native of Beijing in New York (1993, Feng Xiaogang & Zheng Xiaolong, 21 episodes)
- Haier Brothers (1995, Liu Zuofeng, 212 episodes)
- Yongzheng Dynasty (1999, Hu Mei, 44 episodes)
- Palace of Desire (2000, Li Shaohong, 40 episodes)
- Towards the Republic (2001, Zhang Li, 60 episodes)
- The Emperor in Han Dynasty (2005, Hu Mei, 58 episodes)
- Ming Dynasty 1566 (2007, Zhang Li, 46 episodes)
- Golden Wedding (2007, Zheng Xiaolong, 50 episodes)
- Empresses in the Palace (2011, Zheng Xiaolong, 76 episodes)
- Red Sorghum (2014, Zheng Xiaolong, 60 episodes)
- Palace of Devotion (2021, Li Shaohong, 61 episodes)

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* at least one film in this list from this director appears in another section due to having multiple 5th gen directors
** all films shown in this list are co-directed by another list director, so this director doesn’t have their own section

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Information on this list about directors is more trustworthy than the info on IMDb. If you’re wondering why a director is absent, it’s likely because they are actually a fourth generation director.

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  1. 1 new

    Huang tu di

    1984 — a.k.a. Yellow Earth, in 10 top lists Check
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    Da yue bing

    1986 — a.k.a. The Big Parade, in 1 top list Check
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    Hai zi wang

    1987 — a.k.a. King of the Children, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bian zou bian chang

    1991 — a.k.a. Life on a String, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ba wang bie ji

    1993 — a.k.a. Farewell My Concubine, in 17 top lists Check
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    Feng yue

    1996 — a.k.a. Temptress Moon, in 1 top list Check
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    Jing Ke ci Qin Wang

    1998 — a.k.a. The Emperor and the Assassin, in 1 top list Check
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    Killing Me Softly

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    He ni zai yi qi

    2002 — a.k.a. Together with You, in 1 top list Check
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    Wu ji

    2005 — a.k.a. The Promise, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mei Lanfang

    2008 — a.k.a. Forever Enthralled, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zhao shi gu er

    2010 — a.k.a. Sacrifice, in 0 top lists Check
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    Caught in the Web

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dao shi xia shan

    2015 — a.k.a. Monk Comes Down the Mountain, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kûkai

    2017 — a.k.a. Legend of the Demon Cat, in 0 top lists
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    Wo he wo de zu guo

    2019 — a.k.a. My People, My Country, in 1 top list
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    Shuzhen

    2020, in 0 top lists
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    Chang jin hu

    2021 — a.k.a. The Battle at Lake Changjin, in 1 top list
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    Water Gate Bridge

    2022, in 1 top list
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    Xiao yuan

    1980, in 0 top lists
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    Women de jiaoluo

    1980, in 0 top lists
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    Hong xiang

    1982, in 0 top lists
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    Lie chang zha sha

    1984 — a.k.a. On the Hunting Ground, in 1 top list Check
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    Dao ma zei

    1986 — a.k.a. The Horse Thief, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gushu Yiren

    1987 — a.k.a. The Street Players, in 0 top lists
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    Yaogun Qingnian

    1988 — a.k.a. Rock Kids, in 0 top lists Check
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    Te bie shou shu shi

    1988, in 0 top lists Check
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    Da taijian Li Lianying

    1991 — a.k.a. Li Lianying, the Imperial Eunuch, in 0 top lists Check
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    Lan feng zheng

    1993 — a.k.a. The Blue Kite, in 8 top lists Check
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    Xiao cheng zhi chun

    2002 — a.k.a. Springtime in a Small Town, in 3 top lists Check
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    Cha ma gu dao xi lie

    2004 — a.k.a. Tea-Horse Road Series: Delamu, in 2 top lists Check
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    Wu Qingyuan

    2006 — a.k.a. The Go Master, in 1 top list Check
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    Lang zai ji

    2009 — a.k.a. The Warrior and the Wolf, in 0 top lists Check
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    Binghe siwang xian

    1986, in 0 top lists
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    Shao ye de mo nan

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bang jia ka la yang

    1988 — a.k.a. Kidnap Karajan, in 0 top lists
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    Tiao zhan

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yi dan zhong hun

    1991 — a.k.a. Loyal Fighters, in 0 top lists
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    San mao cong jun ji

    1994, in 0 top lists
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    Wang xian sheng zhi yu huo fen shen

    1993 — a.k.a. Mr. Wang's Burning Desire, in 0 top lists
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    Juejing feng sheng

    1994 — a.k.a. Rescued from Desperate Situation, in 0 top lists
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    Kaixin dou lai mi

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Jinji pojiang

    2000 — a.k.a. Crash Landing, in 0 top lists Check
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    Jidi yingjiu

    2002 — a.k.a. Red Snow, in 0 top lists
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    Ai qing hu jiao zhuan yi

    2007 — a.k.a. Call for Love, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ai qing hu jiao zhuan yi II: Ai qing zuo you

    2008 — a.k.a. Fit Lover, in 0 top lists Check
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    Qian Xuesen

    2012 — a.k.a. Hsue-shen Tsien, in 0 top lists
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    Hou bu dui yuan

    1983, in 0 top lists
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    Die xue hei gu

    1985, in 0 top lists
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    Zui hou yi ge dong ri

    1986, in 0 top lists Check