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Hao Wu (Chinese: 吴皓; pinyin: Wú Hào; born 1972) is a Chinese-American film director, producer and writer. Wu is also a documentary maker and blogger known as Tian Yi.




In 2005, Wu's film career started with his first film as director, producer and writer of "Beijing or Bust", a documentary about the trials and tribulations of six American born Chinese who chose to return to Beijing and the cultural adaptation they faced. The film was shown in the 6th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2005.[1]

Wu's second film, The Road to Fame was released in June 2013 and follows students at China's top drama academy, as they prepare to stage a Chinese version of the musical Fame.[2]


Wu was detained by the Chinese government on February 22, 2006 for almost five months. According to the Global Voices initiative at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Wu had been producing a documentary on "underground" Christian Chinese house churches in China when he was detained by authorities in the People's Republic of China.[3][4][5]

Following his detention, Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman started a new blog to monitor the status of Wu's detention, which was covered widely by blogs and news outlets around the world. Hao was released on July 11, 2006.


  • 2005 Beijing or Bust - Director, writer.[6]
  • 2013 The Road to Fame - Director.[7]
  • 2018 People's Republic of Desire - Director.[8]


  1. ^ "Beijing or Bust". San Diego Asian Film Festival. 2005. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2006.
  2. ^ Wu, Hao (Director). The Road to Fame (Documentary, Music, Musical). Event occurs at 1 h 20 min.
  3. ^ Fowler, Geoffrey A. (12 July 2006). "Filmmaker Hao Wu Freed From Detention By China Authorities". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ Einhorn, Bruce (27 March 2006). "Detained Chinese blogger Hao Wu". BusinessWeek:. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  5. ^ MacKinnon, Rebecca (20 April 2006). "Shattering the China Dream". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Beijing or Bust". IMDb. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  7. ^ "The Road to Fame". IMDb. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  8. ^ "People's Republic of Desire". IMDb. Retrieved 19 December 2018.

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