() (March 21, 1900 – July 11, 1990) was a major leftist film director
active in the 1930s in Shanghai
. One of the core directors of the Lianhua Film Company
, Sun Yu made a name for himself with a series of socially conscious dramas in the early to mid 1930s. With the war, Sun Yu made his way to the interior of the country, where he continued to make films glorifying the war effort against the Japanese.
His career took a turn for the worse upon his return to Shanghai in the late 1940s. In The Life of Wu Xun
, Sun Yu's big-budget biographical picture of the titular Qing Dynasty educator
, Sun attracted the wrath of Mao Zedong himself, who personally criticized the film in an essay. Though Sun never fully recovered from the episode, today, Sun Yu has emerged as one of the foremost filmmakers of China's golden age.
Sun Yu was born in the city of Chongqing
and educated first at Tsinghua University
before continuing his education in drama
at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
, and Columbia University
in the 1920s.
Upon returning to China, Sun Yu directed his first film, A Romantic Swordsman
, with the faltering Minxin Film Company
.Zhang, Yingjin & Xiao, Zhiwei. "Sun Yu" in Encyclopedia of Chinese Film
. Taylor & Francis (1998), p. 324-25. ISBN 0-4151-5168-6. Beginning in the 1930s, Sun Yu began a collaboration with the leftist film studio, Lianhua
, where he became one of... Read More