Feng Xiaogang

Feng Xiaogang (simplified Chinese: 冯小刚; traditional Chinese: 馮小剛; pinyin: Féng Xiǎogāng; born 18 March 1958 in Beijing) is a Chinese film director, screenwriter and actor. He is well known in China as a highly successful commercial filmmaker whose comedy films do consistently well at the box office, although Feng has broken out from that mold by making some drama and period drama films.

Feng Xiaogang
Born (1958-03-18) 18 March 1958 (age 62)
Beijing, China
OccupationFilm director, actor, screenwriter
Years active1984 - present
AgentHuayi Brothers
Zhang Di
(m. 1984; div. 1999)
(m. 1999)
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Asian Film
2009 Assembly

Golden Horse AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay
2005 A World Without Thieves Best Actor
2015 Mr. Six

Hundred Flowers AwardsBest Director
2008 Assembly
2010 If You Are The One

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese馮小剛
Simplified Chinese冯小刚


The son of a college professor and a factory nurse, Feng joined the Beijing Military Region Art Troupe as a stage designer after high school. He began his cinema career as an art designer in the 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.

In the late 1990s, Feng established himself in a Chinese genre called "Hesui Pian (贺岁片)", or "New Year's Celebration Films." He became famous as the director of the movie The Dream Factory (1997). Professor Ying Zhu, an expert in Chinese cinema calls Feng's films 'talk of the nation' for their ability to check the pulse of Chinese society."[1] Jason McGrath, a University of Minnesota professor, believed that, having achieved success within mainland China in the face of Hollywood competition, "The entertainment cinema of Feng Xiaogang represents a new model of a Chinese national cinema that positions itself vis-à-vis Hollywood."[2]

Feng is renowned for making comedies in the Beijing dialect. Almost all of his films star Ge You in a leading role. In recent years, he has transitioned from solely making comedies to directing drama and period drama movies.

He married actress Xu Fan in 1999.


As directorEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1994 Lost My Love 永失我爱
1997 The Dream Factory 甲方乙方 21st annual Hundred Flowers Awards -- Best Picture.
1998 Be There or Be Square 不见不散
1999 Sorry Baby 没完没了
2000 Sigh 一声叹息 Cairo International Film Festival -- Golden Pyramid.
2001 Big Shot's Funeral 大腕 25th annual Hundred Flowers Awards—Best Picture.
2003 Cell Phone 手机 27th annual Hundred Flowers Awards—Best Picture.
2004 A World Without Thieves 天下无贼 42nd Golden Horse Awards—Best Adapted Screenplay (Feng Xiaogang, Wang Gang, Lin Lisheng and Zhang Jialu).
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 43rd Golden Horse Awards—Best Art Direction, Best Make-up and Costume Design (Tim Yip).
2007 Assembly 集结号 11th Pyongyang International Film Festival—Best Picture, Best Director.

15th Beijing College Student Film Festival—Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Zhang Hanyu). 29th annual Hundred Flowers Awards—Best Picture. 45th Golden Horse Awards—Best Actor (Zhang Hanyu), Best Adapted Screenplay (Liu Heng). 27th Golden Rooster Awards—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography (Lü Yue), Best Original Score (Wang Liguang).

2008 If You Are the One 非诚勿扰
2010 Aftershock 唐山大地震 Selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[3] Awarded Best Film at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[4]
2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰2
2012 Back to 1942 一九四二 China Film Director's Guild Awards -- Best Film, Best Director.

Hong Kong Film Award -- Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan.

2013 Personal Tailor 私人订制
2016 I Am Not Madame Bovary[5] 我不是潘金莲 24th Beijing College Student Film Festival -- Best Director.

53rd Golden Horse Awards -- Best Director. 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards -- Achievement in Directing.

2017 Youth 芳华

As writerEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1992 After Separation 大撒把
1994 A Born Coward 天生胆小
1997 The Dream Factory 甲方乙方
2001 Big Shot's Funeral 大腕
2004 A World Without Thieves 天下无贼 42nd Golden Horse Awards -- Best Adapted Screenplay (Feng Xiaogang, Wang Gang, Lin Lisheng and Zhang Jialu).
2008 If You Are the One 非诚勿扰
2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰2

As actorEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1994 In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子 Mr. Hu
1997 The Dream Factory 甲方乙方
2000 Father 冤家父子 Ma Linsheng
2001 The Marriage Certificate 谁说我不在乎
2002 Cala, My Dog! 卡拉是条狗
2004 Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 Crocodile Gang Boss
2005 Wait 'Til You're Older 童梦奇缘 Drifter
2007 Trivial Matters 破事儿 Marketing Officer for Assassins Group
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Du Yuesheng, Boss of the Shanghai Green Gang
2010 True Legend 苏乞儿 Cameo
2010 Let the Bullets Fly 让子弹飞 Private adviser
2012 The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 大闹天宫
2015 Mr. Six 老炮儿 Liu Ye 23rd Beijing College Student Film Festival—Best Actor.

China Film Director's Guild Awards—Best Actor. Chinese Film Media Awards—Best Actor. 52nd Golden Horse Awards—Best Actor.

2016 Rock Dog 摇滚藏獒 Germur Voice acting role



  1. ^ Zhu, Ying (2007). "Feng Xiaogang and Chinese New Year Films". Asian Cinema. doi:10.1386/ac.18.1.43_1.
  2. ^ McGrath, Jason. "Metacinema for the Masses: Three Films by Feng Xiaogang". Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  3. ^ Coonan, Clifford (27 September 2010). "China sends 'Aftershock' to Oscars". Variety. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  4. ^ https://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/apsa-nominees-winners?nomination-winner-name=nominee&apsa-year-name=2017
  5. ^ Edwards, Russell (22 November 2016). "Feng tops Chinese box office despite alleged Wanda boycott". www.atimes.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Feng Xiaogang". imdb.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Feng Xiaogang". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010.

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