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Wang Chao (Chinese: 王超; born January 21, 1964 in Nanjing) is a Chinese film director and screenwriter, sometimes considered part of the loosely defined "sixth generation."[1] Wang began his career serving as an assistant director to the fifth generation auteur, Chen Kaige,[2] working with the elder director on epics like Farewell My Concubine and The Emperor and the Assassin. At the same time, he began to write fiction including several short stories and novellas, one of which would later go on to serve sa the basis of Wang's directorial debut, The Orphan of Anyang.

Wang Chao
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Wang Chao in Cannes Film Festival 2014
Born (1964-01-21) January 21, 1964 (age 55)
OccupationFilm director
AwardsFIPRESCI Prize (Chicago)
2001 Orphan of Anyang
Entrevues Grand Prix
2001 Orphan of Anyang
Kerala Golden Crow Pheasant
2002 Orphan of Anyang
Golden Montgolfiere
2004 Day and Night
Prix Un Certain Regard
2006 Luxury Car

With Orphan, Wang Chao would begin what was the first film of a trilogy of films based on modern life in China. He completed the trilogy with 2004's Day and Night and 2006's Luxury Car.

His 2014 film Fantasia was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
2001 The Orphan of Anyang 安阳的孤儿 Winner of the Golden Crow Pheasant at the 2002 International Film Festival of Kerala
2004 Day and Night 日日夜夜 Winner of the Golden Montgolfiere at the 2004 Three Continents Festival
2006 Luxury Car 江城夏日 Winner of the Prix un certain regard at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival[4][5]
2009 Memory of Love 重来
2014 Fantasia
2018 Looking for Rohmer


  1. ^ Said, S F (2006-02-28). "In the Realm of Censors". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
  2. ^ that's Beijing staff (2006-06-30). "Five Questions for Wang Chao, director of Luxury Car". that's Beijing. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  3. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Luxury Car". Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2006-05-28). "Cannes hops to 'Barley'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-08-02.

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