Currently alive, at 64 years of age.
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1952 – Born in Beijing on the 12th of August.
1984 – His first movie, Yellow Earth, is one of his most famous and important works.
1986 – The Big Parade.
1987 – King of Children.
1989 – He did further experimenting in a music video for the song "Do You Believe In Shame" by Duran Duran.
1993 – His most famous film in the West, Farewell My Concubine, nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, follows two Beijing opera stars through decades of change in China during the twentieth century.
1996 – Chen followed up the unprecedented success of Farewell My Concubine with Temptress Moon, another period drama starring Gong Li.
1999 – His The Emperor and the Assassin, an epic involving the legendary King of Qin and the reluctant assassin who aims to kill him. But Kaige doesn’t limit himself to epics, in 2002, Chen made his first, and to-date only English-language film, Killing Me Softly, a thriller starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes, though it proved to be both a critical and popular disappointment.
2002 – His more recent Together is an intimate film about a young violinist and his father.
2005 – He directed The Promise, which sees him returning to the historical epic.