(; born 1967) is a Chinese film director
, and occasional actor. He is the son of Zhang Huaxun
, who is also a Chinese film director.
Zhang grew up in Beijing
, studied until 1988 at Sun Yat-sen University
, from which he graduated with a degree in Chinese literature
, and then went to the Central Academy of Drama
(中央戏剧学院), graduating in 1992.
Zhang Yang uses a realistic style, and achieved great recognition for his 1999 independent production Xizao
(; English translation: Shower
), which was successful at Chinese box offices as well as international film festivals. This was followed in 2001 by Zuotian
" in its American release). The actors in this unusual story about a real actor, Jia Hongsheng
, and his struggle with drug addiction are Jia himself, Jia's parents, fellow inmates in a mental institution, the director, Zhang, and others playing themselves. The relationship between parents and their grown children is as central to this film as it was in Shower
- at the Chinese Movie Database
- with Zhang Yang from BBC-Films