Shui Hua

Shui Hua
Chinese name 水華 (traditional)
Chinese name 水华 (simplified)
Pinyin Shǔi Huà (Mandarin)
Birth name Zhang Yufan
Born (1916-11-23)November 23, 1916
Nanjing, China
Died December 16, 1995(1995-12-16) (aged 79)
Occupation Film director, Screenwriter
Years active 1950s-1960s; 1980s

Shui Hua (simplified Chinese: 水华; traditional Chinese: 水華) (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, Blue Flowers (1984).


Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
1950 The White Haired Girl 白毛女 Co-directed with Wang Bin
1959 The Lin Family Shop 林家铺子 Based on the short story by Mao Dun
1960 A Revolutionary Family 革命家庭 Best Screenplay at the Hundred Flowers Awards
Entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival.[2]
1965 Living Forever in Burning Flames 烈火中永生
1981 Regret for the Past 伤逝 Based on the short story by Lu Xun
1984 Blue Flowers 蓝色的花


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 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. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
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