ZhangKe Jia

ZhangKe Jia

Highest Rated: 100% I Wish I Knew (2010)

Lowest Rated: 60% Unknown Pleasures (2002)

Birthday: May 24, 1970

Birthplace: Fenyang, Shanxi, China

Jia Zhangke's passion for film developed in a manner not unlike many of the world's great filmmakers: he saw a movie, it changed his life, and then he went to film school. The big difference is that Zhangke was in China, where the production of films is regulated by the government. After making a few well-received short films at the Beijing Film Academy, Zhangke set out to make his first film "Xiao Wu" (1997) without approval from the government. Thus, his first film was an underground movie that couldn't be released in China. Even still, it received international acclaim and he built off that success with two more underground films, "Platform" (2000) and "Unknown Pleasures" (2002), which were in competition at the Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival respectively. Zhangke, along with other notable underground Chinese filmmakers, started working with the Chinese government afterwards. "The World" (2004) was the first film he made with approval from the government, meaning that was the first time in his then nearly 10-year career that his work could be sold in his home country. Zhangke's next project was "Still Life" (2006), which took home the Golden Lion at Cannes. He also made a documentary entitled "Dong" (2006), which complemented the film. Over the next few years, Zhangke started to lean more towards making documentaries with projects including the Chinese clothing industry documentary "Useless" (2007), documentary/fiction fusion "24 City" (2008), and the Shanghai-focused documentary "I Wish I Knew" (2010). He dove back into bigger fiction projects with the action epic "A Touch of Sin" (2013) and the Australia-set drama "Mountains May Depart" (2015).

Highest rated movies

The Best Is Yet To Come
Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang




73% No Score Yet Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue Director,
- 2021
86% No Score Yet The Best Is Yet To Come Unknown (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bu zhi bu xiu Coal Mine Owner (Character),
- 2020
99% 69% Ash Is Purest White Director,
Executive Producer
$416.0K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Has the Time Gone Director,
- 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hedonists Unknown (Character),
- 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Life After Life Executive Producer - 2016
90% 68% Mountains May Depart Director,
$80.4K 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet K Producer - 2015
83% No Score Yet Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 53% The Continent Su Mi's Uncle (Character) - 2014
94% 74% A Touch of Sin Director,
Executive Producer
$91.7K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forgetting to Know You Producer - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fidaï Producer - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello! Shu Xian Sheng Executive Producer - 2011
100% No Score Yet I Wish I Knew Director,
- 2010
89% 71% 24 City Director,
- 2008
No Score Yet 57% Cry Me a River Director - 2008
71% 73% Useless Director,
- 2007
91% 80% Still Life Director,
$68.2K 2006
60% 48% Dong Director,
- 2006
72% 65% The World Director,
$3.6K 2004
60% 68% Unknown Pleasures Director $8.1K 2002
80% 79% Platform Director,
- 2000
100% 87% Xiao Wu Director,
- 1998