He Ping (director)

He Ping (Chinese: 何平; pinyin: Hé Píng; born 1957 in Shanxi) is a Chinese film director, screenwriter and producer whose main filmography consists of a hybrid genre of Western-wuxia movies. He made three movies along this genre - Swordsmen in Double Flag Town (1991), Sun Valley (1995) and Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2004).

He Ping
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He Ping signing autographs at the premiere of Wheat at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
BornShanxi, China
Years active1980s-present
AwardsGolden Rooster AwardsBest Director:
1994 Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker

Personal life and backgroundEdit

He is an ethnic Manchu whose ancestors were members of the Blue Banners. His mother was the female lead in Communist China's first feature film Bridge (1949).

Directorial careerEdit

He Ping began his directorial career in the 1980s, directing stage productions and documentary films.[1] By the late 1980s, He transferred to the Xi'an Film Studio, where he began directing fiction films, including We Are the World and Kawashima Yoshiko a film based on the story of the Manchurian-Japanese princess, Kawashima Yoshiko.[1] In the 1990s, He directed two major Chinese Westerns, Swordsmen in Double Flag Town and Sun Valley, and the historical drama Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker. Swordsmen in Double Flag Town went on to win the Grand Prize at the 3rd Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in February 1992.[2] Sun Valley was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival where it won an Honourable Mention.[3]

In the 2000s, He struck success with his 2004 adventure film Warriors of Heaven and Earth, starring Jiang Wen. Hi Ping's followed this with another historical action film, Wheat, starring Fan Bingbing, which was released in 2009.

His film The Promised Land received an honorable mention from the Platform jury at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1988 We Are the World 我们是世界
1989 Kawashima Yoshiko 川岛芳子
1991 Swordsmen in Double Flag Town 双旗镇刀客 Japan Yobari International Film Festival Best and Fantasy Adventure Film Awards.
Berlin International Film Festival Young Director.
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Mandarin Slice 10.
Shanghai Critic-named China's Top Photographer Award.
1994 Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker 炮打双灯 Hawaii International Film Festival Best Film
Golden Rooster Award for Best Director
Golden Rooster Award for Best Co-produced Film
Golden Rooster Award for Best Art Direction
Taiwan Critics Award.
1995 Sun Valley 日光峡谷
2004 Warriors of Heaven and Earth 天地英雄
2009 Wheat 麦田
2015 The Promised Land


  1. ^ a b Zhang, Yingjin & Xiao, Zhiwei (1998). "He Ping" in Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. Taylor & Francis, p. 183. ISBN 0-415-15168-6.
  2. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL'92". yubarifanta.com. Retrieved 2009-09-19. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  4. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2015 Award Winners" (PDF) (Press release). TIFF. 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2015-09-21.

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