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Huang Jianxin (born 14 June 1954) is a Chinese filmmaker. He also writes film scripts under the pen name Huang Xin. He is normally considered part of the fifth generation of Chinese filmmakers (a group that includes Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou and Tian Zhuangzhuang),[1] due to shared traits in his works, although he was not a strictly a member of the inaugural 1982 class of the Beijing Film Academy.[2] Additionally, Huang's films are distinguished from his contemporaries in that they focused on urban contemporary life, as contrasted to historical period dramas,[1] as well as for their satirical observations of the Chinese bureaucracy.

Huang Jianxin
Born (1954-06-14) June 14, 1954 (age 65)
Other namesHuang Xin
Alma materNorthwest University
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter, actor
Years activeSince 1985
ChildrenHuang Lei (黄雷)
AwardsGolden Rooster Award for Best Director
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Huang Xin
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese



Huang was born in Xi'an, though his ancestral hometown was in Hebei. He joined the army at age 16, and enrolled in Northwest University in 1975. Huang entered Xi'an Film Studio after graduation, evolving from editor, script holder, assistant director to vice director. After training at Beijing Film Academy in 1983, he was elevated to director. He is now the manager of 4th production company of China Film Corporation. His 1997 film Surveillance was entered into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]


As director
Year English title Chinese title Role
1985 The Black Cannon Incident 黑炮事件
1986 Dislocation 错位 Also known as The Stand-In
1988 Samsara 轮回 Also known as Transmigration
1992 Stand Straight, Don't Bend Over 站直啰!别趴下
1994 The Wooden Man's Bride 五魁
1994 Back to Back, Face to Face 背靠背,脸对脸
1995 Signal Left, Turn Right 红灯停,绿灯行
1997 Surveillance 埋伏
1999 Something About Secret 说出你的秘密
2000 Xi'an's Finest 睡不着
2001 The Marriage Certificate 谁说我不在乎
2005 Gimme Kudos 求求你表扬我
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Co-directed with Han Sanping
2011 The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Co-directed with Han Sanping
As producer
Year English title Chinese title Role
2002 Zhou Yu's Train 周渔的火车
2003 Love Undercover 2: Love Mission 新扎师妹2
2005 2 Young 早熟
2006 A Battle of Wits 墨攻
2008 All About Women 女人不坏


  1. ^ a b Pickowicz, Paul G. (1994). "Huang Jianxin and the Notion of Postsocialism" in New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, and Politics. Cambridge University Press, p. 54. ISBN 0-521-44877-8. Google Book Search. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  2. ^ Zhang, Yingjin & Xiao, Zhiwei (1998). "The Fifth Generation" in Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. Taylor & Francis, p. 164. ISBN 0-415-15168-6.
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-08.

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