Wu Tianming

Producer, Executive, Director
An important figure in China's "Fourth Generation", Wu Tianming also served as mentor to such "Fifth Generation" directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang while heading the Xi'an Film Studio. Born in ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1939 in China

Filmography

Director (4)

The King of Masks 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Feichang aiqing 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Old Well 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Rensheng 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Red Sorghum 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Daoma Zei 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hei Pao Shi Jian 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Full Circle 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

An important figure in China's "Fourth Generation", Wu Tianming also served as mentor to such "Fifth Generation" directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang while heading the Xi'an Film Studio. Born in 1939, Wu developed an early interest in the theater and worked odd jobs at local playhouses in order to observe the actors at work. By the time he reached his teens, however, he had shifted interest to motion pictures, crediting Dovzhenko's "Poem of the Sea" (1958) as the primary impetus for his filmmaking career. But he first put in time as a stage actor and, after 1960, a film player with Xi'an Film Studio. Six years later, he was on the way to realizing his dream of attending the Beijing Film Academy but the stirrings of the Cultural Revolution derailed those plans as his father, a local government official, was purged from his post and imprisoned.

EDUCATION

Beijing Film Academy

Beijing 1974 - 1976
had originally applied and was accepted in 1966 but the advent of the Cultural Revolution caused his application to be rejected

Milestones

1997

Directed "Stand by Your Man", following the love affair between former high school sweethearts

1996

Released first film in a decade "The King of Masks" (exhibited theatrically in the USA in 1999)

1994

Returned to China; began working on project that became "The King of Masks"

1993

Offered funding to revise script about Chinese teenagers studying in USA; deal aborted over finances

1991

Joined by family in California, opened a video rental store

1990

Was guest lecturer at UCLA and USC

1989

Decided to remain in USA after the Tiananmen Square demonstrations

1989

Toured USA as visiting scholar sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council

1989

Appointed visiting scholar at NYU's Department of Film Studies

1986

Helmed last film for a decade, "Old Well"

1984

Named head of Xi'an Film Studio

1984

Directed "Life"; film was only released in China

1982

Solo directorial debut, the award-winning "River Without Buoys"

1979

Was co-director of "Tremors of Life"

1976

After completing film school, returned to Xi'an Film Studio as a director; apprenticed with Cui Wei

1974

Following the shift in policy and the decline of the influence of the Cultural Revolution, reapplied to the Beijing Film School

1966

Accepted at the Beijing Film School; application rescinded as a result of the Cultural Revolution and the incarceration of his father, a former county government official

1960

Hired by Xi'an Film Studio as an actor

Helmed episodes of two Chinese TV dramas "One Black Face" and "People of the Yellow River"

Under his auspices, such Fifth Generation filmmakers as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Huang Jianxin worked at Xi'an

As a child, worked odd jobs at local theaters in order to observe the acting troupes

Bonus Trivia

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Sources are divided over Wu's date of birth: several list October 19 while others list December 5. All agree he was born in 1939.

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