Shui Hua
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Shui Hua
Shui Hua
Zhang Yufan

(1916-11-23)November 23, 1916
Nanjing, China
DiedDecember 16, 1995(1995-12-16) (aged 79)
OccupationFilm director, Screenwriter
Years active1950s-1960s; 1980s
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Shui Hua (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) (November 23, 1916 - December 16, 1995), born Zhang Yufan,[1] was a Chinese film director who gained prominence in the 1950s in the early years of the People's Republic of China.


Born in Nanjing in 1916, Shui Hua studied to be an attorney at Fudan University in Shanghai.[1] During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Shui made his way to the Yan'an where he became a member of the Communist Party of China.[1] After the war, Shui became involved in theater while teaching eventually moving into filmmaking with his 1950 debut film, The White Haired Girl.[1] Later in the decade, he directed the critically acclaimed The Lin Family Shop, based on a short story by the author Mao Dun.[1]

With the turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s, Shui's filmmaking days seemed behind him. However, upon China's re-emergence from the Cultural Revolution, Shui again began to direct films, including Regret for the Past (1981), based on a story by Lu Xun, and Blue Flowers (1984).


Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1950 The White Haired Girl Co-directed with Wang Bin
1959 The Lin Family Shop ? Based on the short story by Mao Dun
1960 A Revolutionary Family ? Best Screenplay at the Hundred Flowers Awards
Entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival.[2]
1965 Living Forever in Burning Flames
1981 Regret for the Past Based on the short story by Lu Xun
1984 Blue Flowers ?


  1. ^ a b c d e Zhang, Yingjin & Xiao, Zhiwei (1998). "Shui Hua" in Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. Taylor & Francis, p. 305. ISBN 0-415-15168-6.
  2. ^ "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved .

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