Chinese Directors

These are key directors from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
I have recommended 10 films (no more than 1 per director) with a notation * as a good introduction to Chinese film. For directors whose films I've yet to see, I've listed those films rated most highly in IMDB.
Note that the biographies for each director below are from their IMDB page. I provided the selected list of titles for each director.
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“ b. 1951
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) *
Not One Less (1999)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
To Live (1994)
The Road Home (2000)
Hero (2002) ” - AltonMann
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ b. 1956
Chungking Express (1994) *
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Fallen Angels (1995)
Days of Being Wild (1990)
2046 (2004) ” - AltonMann
“ b. 1958
World Without Thieves (2004) *
If You Are the One (2008)
The Banquet (2006)
Aftershock (2010)
Assembly (2007) ” - AltonMann
Edward Yang
Writer, Yi Yi
Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. Growing up in Taipei...
“ b. 1947 - d. 2007
Yi Yi (2000) *
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
Mahjong (1996)
A Confucian Confusion (1994) ” - AltonMann
“ b. 1970
Still Life (2006) *
The World (2004)
Unknown Pleasures (2002)
I Wish I Knew (2010)
Platform (2000) ” - AltonMann
Chuan Lu
Lu Chuan is considered one of the most talented young directors in China, and his films are known for daring and commercially successful takes on historical and social issues. After receiving a Master's degree in film studies from Beijing Film Academy in 1998, Lu Chuan started as a co-writer for Black Hole...
“ b. 1971
Mountain Patrol (2004)
City of Life and Death (2009)
Missing Gun (2002) ” - AltonMann
Yang Li
Writer, Mang jing
“ b. 1959
Blind Shaft (2003) *
Blind Mountain (2007) ” - AltonMann
John Woo
Director, Face/Off
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow established...
“ b. 1946
The Killer (1989) *
Hard Boiled (1992)
Red Cliff (2008)
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Face Off (1997) ” - AltonMann
Alan Mak
Writer, The Departed
Alan Mak Siu Fai was born in Hong Kong in 1965. In 1986, he studied in the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performance Arts. Upon graduation in 1990, he started his movie career. Mak made his directorial debut in 1997, with his first film being Nude Fear, which was written and produced by Joe Ma...
“ b. 1965
Infernal Affairs (2002) *
Overheard (2009)
Infernal Affairs II (2003) ” - AltonMann
“ b. 1963
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
In the Heat of the Sun (1994)
Let the Bullets Fly (2010) ” - AltonMann
King Hu
Director, Xia nü
He was educated in art school in Beijing, left China for Hong Kong in 1949 and entered the film industry in 1951 in the art department. In the 1950s he began acting and in 1958 joined Shaw Brothers as an actor and writer, and later a director. In 1967 he left to start his own studio in Taiwan, returned to Hong Kong in 1970s, working in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China before his death.
“ b. 1931 - d. 1997
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Dragon Inn (1967)
Come Drink With Me (1966)
Raining in the Mountain (1979)
The Swordsman (1990) ” - AltonMann
Ming-liang Tsai
Born in Kuching, Malaysia, he graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan and worked as a theatrical producer and TV director. His second feature film, Vive L'Amour, won the Golden Lion (best picture) at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. His idiosyncratic oeuvre continues to enthrall audiences worldwide.
“ b. 1957
What Time Is It Over There (2001)
Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003)
The Hole (1998)
Vive L'Amour (1994)
The River (1997) ” - AltonMann
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Writer, The Assassin
Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema." Hou's birthplace...
“ b. 1947
Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
Puppetmaster (1993)
Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
Millenium Mambo (2001)
Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996) ” - AltonMann
Jackie Chan
Actor, Rush Hour
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry. Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria Peak on April 7...
“ b. 1954
Police Story (1985) *
Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)
The Young Master (1980)
1911 (2011) ” - AltonMann
“ b. 1952
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Together (2002)
Yellow Earth (1985)
The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Forever Enthralled (2008) ” - AltonMann
Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden Horse award for best supporting actor...
“ b. 1962
Shaolin Soccer (2001) *
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
King of Comedy (1999)
Forbidden City Cop (1996) ” - AltonMann