Modern Asian Cinema


Jia Zhangke (born 24 May 1970) is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the “Sixth Generation” movement of Chinese cinema, a group that also includes such figures as Wang XiaoshuaiLou YeWang Quan’an and Zhang Yuan.[1]Jia’s early films, a loose trilogy based in his home province of Shanxi, were made outside of China’s state-run film bureaucracy, and therefore are considered “underground” films. Beginning in 2004, Jia’s status in his own country rose when he was allowed to direct his fourth feature film, The World, with state approval.Jia’s films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally, notably winning the Venice Film Festival’s top award Golden Lion for Still Life. NPR critic John Powers praised him as “(perhaps) the most important filmmaker working in the world today.”[2]

Read a post from our blog on Jia Zhankg featuring a fantastic collection of photos.

Kōji Fukada (深田 晃司, Fukada Kōji, born 1980, in Koganei, Tokyo) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Born in Tokyo, Fukada had a father who was a film aficionado and he watched many films on VHS when he was young.[1][2] It was when he was 19 years old studying at Taisho University and discovered the Film School of Tokyo that he began taking evening classes in filmmaking. One of his teachers was Kiyoshi Kurosawa.[1][2][3] He made his first feature length film, The Chair, in 2002.[4] He joined the Seinendan theater troupe, headed by Oriza Hirata, in 2005, and has often used their work and their actors in his films.[1][2]

Hirokazu Kore-eda (是枝 裕和, Koreeda Hirokazu, born 6 June 1962) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He began his career in television and has since directed more than a dozen feature films, including Nobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008), and After the Storm (2016). He won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Like Father, Like Son and won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters.

Read our blog article on great movies in recent years from Japan, China, and South Korea.