Happy birthday! Chen Kaige turns 65 today

The iconic and legendary director turns 65 on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

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Chen Kaige is celebrating his 65th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed directors of his generation.

Popular director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, ...) has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 65th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.

Chen, a cultural icon

Born in Beijing on August 12, 1952, Chen Kaige's career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in Chinese history. Chen's not just a great director, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Kaige hasn't done.

And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Chen Kaige as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 65.

Happy Birthday, Kaige, you're the best!

Chen Kaige career in pictures

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