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Four female Chinese directors to watch

Directors Zhao Wei, Xu Jinglei, Li Yu and Xue Xiaolu are doing notable work in China.

August 10, 2013|By Xin En Lee

BEIJING — Eva Jin isn't the only female director making waves in China. This year alone, Zhao Wei's "So Young" made nearly $115 million and Xue Xiaolu's "Finding Mr. Right" took in $85 million.

Shaoyi Sun, a professor of film and TV at Shanghai University, attributed their success in part to the demographic of Chinese filmgoers. "Today's audiences are composed of white-collar office workers and dating couples, which is why rom-coms and films with sex politics in the office are on the rise," he said.

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But Tan Ye, a Chinese cinema expert at the University of South Carolina, said credit also goes to these women's strong storytelling chops. "They have a good nose for audience appetites and cook up what they want."

See video trailers from each director below.

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