Mr. Zhao

Mr. Zhao is a 1998 Chinese dark comedy film. It is the directorial debut of Lü Yue, already a well-established cinematographer for director Zhang Yimou.

Mr. Zhao
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MandarinZhào xiānshēng
LiterallyTeacher Zhao
Directed byLü Yue
Produced byYang Hongguang, Liu Xiaodian
Written byLü Yue
Shu Ping
StarringShi Jingming
Chen Yinan
Zhang Zhihua
Music byWu Gang (musician)
CinematographyWang Tianlin
Edited byZhai Rui
Release date
  • 15 August 1998 (1998-08-15) (Locarno)
Running time
89 minutes

Mr. Zhao tells the story of a philandering doctor living in Shanghai. His infidelity gets the best of him, however, when his mistress Tian Jing (Chen Yinan) announces she is pregnant, while his wife learns of his affair but refuses to grant a divorce.


  • Shi Jingming as the titular Mr. Zhao, a teacher of Chinese medicine.
  • Zhang Zhihua as his wife, a factory worker.
  • Chen Yinan as Tian Jing, his student and now pregnant mistress.


Mr. Zhao won the 1998 Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.[1]

The film was also entered into competition at the 1999 Hong Kong International Film Festival and the 1998 AFI Fest in Los Angeles.[2]


  1. ^ Moore, Daniel (1998-08-17). "Locarno fest honors 'Zhao'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  2. ^ "Mr Zhao Variety Profiles". Variety. Retrieved 2008-06-10.[dead link]

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