Kong Sheng
孔笙
Born1960 (age 60–61)
Shandong, China
OccupationCinematographer, actor, director
Years active1990-present
AgentDaylight Entertainment
Notable work
Romance oF Our Parents
All Quiet in Peking
Nirvana in Fire
Ode to Joy
Children1

Kong Sheng (Chinese: 孔笙; pinyin: Kǒng Shēng; born 1960) is a Chinese cinematographer, actor and director best known for his directorial works Romance oF Our Parents (2014), All Quiet in Peking (2014), Nirvana in Fire (2015), and Ode to Joy (2016).[1][2]

Early life and education

Kong was born in Shandong in 1960.[3] After college, he worked in a periodical agency as an editor.[4]

Career

In 1990, Kong Sheng worked as photography assistant in Zhang Xinjian and Liu Ziyun's historical television series Confucus. His 1990s work includes Romance in Manchuria, Story of the Street, Kong Fansen, and Daughter of Ali Mountain.

Kong made his directorial debut Policeman Cheng Guangquan in 1996.

In 1998, he worked with director Sun Bo in Police 110, which won the first prize in the China TV Golden Eagle Awards. That same year, his work The Holy Flame on the Sea won Outstanding Photography at the Flying Apsaras Awards.

In 2006, Kong directed Guandong Adventure, the series stars Li Youbin, Sa Rina, Song Jia, Zhu Yawen, Niu Li, and Liu Xiangjing. It received mainly positive reviews and won seven awards at the China TV Golden Eagle Awards.[5]

In 2012, he co-directed with Li Xue in Legend of Entrepreneurship, which broadcast in CCTV-1.

In 2013, Kong co-directed with Li Xue again in All Quiet in Peking, which stars Liu Ye, Chen Baoguo, Ni Dahong, Liao Fan, Zu Feng, Dong Yong, and Jiao Huang. The TV drama won several awards, such as Best Television Awards at the 5th Macau International Television Festival and Shanghai Television Festival, and Golden Angel Award at the Chinese-American Film Festival. Kong was awarded the Outstanding Award at the 30th Flying Apsaras Awards.

In 2014, he co-directed with Li Xue in the historical television series Nirvana in Fire. The series stars Hu Ge, Liu Tao and Wang Kai. It won numerous awards, including Flying Apsaras Awards, Macau International Television Festival, China TV Drama Awards, Huading Awards, Shanghai Television Festival, and Golden Eagle Awards.[6]

In 2015, Kong directed Ode to Joy with Jian Chuanhe. The drama received mainly positive reviews and became one of the most watched ones in mainland China in that year.

In 2016, he directed Nirvana in Fire 2 with Li Xue, the sequel to 2014's Nirvana in Fire.

Filmography

As cinematographer

Year English title Chinese title Director Notes
1990 Confucius 孔子 Zhang Jianxin/ Liu Ziyun
1992 Story of the Street 杀人街的故事 Wang Ping
1993 Romance in Manchuria 情系满洲里
1994 Kong Fansen 孔繁森 Wang Wenjie
1996 爱情帮你办 Wang Ping
Army Wives 军嫂
Sister Gan Nineteen 甘十九妹 Wang Wenjie
1997 The Formations of the Red Cross 红十字方队 Wang Wenjie
1998 The Art of War and Thirty-Six Stratagems 孙子兵法与三十六计 Zhang Zhisheng/ Zhang Huili
Police 110 警方110 Kong Bo/ himself
The Holy Flame on the Sea 海上圣火 Qian Xiaohong/ himself
Daughter of Ali Mountain 阿里山的女儿

As director

Year English title Chinese title Co-director Notes
1996 Hot Seasons 燃情四季 Kong Bo
Policeman Cheng Guangquan 民警程广泉
A Drop of Sunshine 一滴阳光
1998 The Holy Flame on the Sea 海上圣火 Qian Xiaohong
Rainy Season in Kuala Lumpur 吉隆坡的雨季
Police 110 警方110 Kong Bo/ himself
2000 Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio 聊斋人鬼情缘 Gao Liqiang
2002 Unnecessarily Judgment 未被审判 Gao Liqiang
2003 Sun 好太阳 Zhang Yongxin
2004 The Hunter 狩猎者
2005 Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 Wang Wenjie
Behind the City Gate 前门楼子九丈九
Uncrackable Cases in the Palace 明宫迷案
2008 Guandong Adventure 闯关东 Zhang Xinjian
Ultimate Rescue 极限救援
Top Secret Escort 绝密押运
Full Stop of Love 爱情句号
2009 The Line 生死线
2010 Partners in Heaven 天上的伙伴
2011 Iron Age 钢铁年代
Reviving of Beichuan 北川重生
Windmill 风车 Zhang Yongxin
2012 接力追凶
Legend of Entrepreneurship 温州一家人 Li Xue
2014 Romance oF Our Parents 父母爱情
Battle of Changsha 战长沙 Zhang Kaizhou
All Quiet in Peking 北平无战事 Li Xue
2015 Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 Li Xue
Legend of Entrepreneurship 2 温州两家人 Sun Molong
2016 Ode to Joy 欢乐颂 Jian Chuanhe
Candle in the Tomb 鬼吹灯 Zhou You, Sun Molong
2017 Nirvana in Fire 2 琅琊榜之风起长林 Li Xue
2018 Like a Flowing River 大江大河 Huang Wei

Film and TV Awards

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Notes
2013 Legend of Entrepreneurship 19th Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Won
29th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Director Nominated
2014 Romance of Our Parents 20th Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Nominated
2015 All Quiet in Peking 21st Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Nominated
Romance of Our Parents
All Quiet in Peking
Nirvana in Fire
30th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Director Won
2016 Nirvana in Fire 22nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Won
3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Television Director Nominated
28th China TV Golden Eagle Awards Best Director Nominated
2017 Ode to Joy 23rd Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Nominated
2018 Nirvana in Fire 2 24th Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Nominated
2019 Like a Flowing River 25th Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Won
2020 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards Best Director Won
32nd Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Director Nominated
2021 Minning Town 27th Shanghai Television Festival Best Director Pending

References

  1. ^ 不想当演员的导演不是好龙套 在孔笙所有戏里找出他. 163.com (in Chinese). 2017-01-08.
  2. ^ 坚守者孔笙:做什么都得像回事儿. Tencent (in Chinese). 2017.
  3. ^ 孔笙执导的10部电视剧,个个堪称经典,你肯定追过这部. Xinhuanet (in Chinese). 2017-06-13.
  4. ^ 孔笙全家近照曝光,女儿不去做演员可惜了. iFeng (in Chinese). 2017-02-22.
  5. ^ 山东影视传媒集团 孔笙. dzwww.com (in Chinese). 2013-10-14.
  6. ^ 《琅琊榜》幕后铁三角:不是网红胜似网红. 163.com (in Chinese). 2017.