Since the late 1980s, Chinese directors such as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige have reaped many awards around the world and made their names known to a global audience. This generation, the so-called Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, is gradually ceding its place to a new generation of younger directors.
1 Wen Muye 文牧野
Born in 1985, Wen is arguably the most successful young director in mainland China. His debut film, Dying to Survive, received wide applause among the Chinese audience and grossed $453 million at the box office, making it the 3-rd highest-ranking film in 2018, a year crowded with good movies.