Jia Ling becomes the top grossing female Chinese director, breaks the reign of male directors during CNY

Zhang Xiaofei and Jia Ling takes turns playing each other’s mom this Spring Festival in Hi Mom and their Spring Festival Gala skit.

With her new comedy Hi Mom 你好,李焕英, comedian-turned-director Jia Ling broke through the reign of male directors during the biggest box office period in China and now the world – the Chinese New Year vacation period. Not only is she even the first female director to even have a film open in the competitive period, Jia Ling currently projected to overtake Detective Chinatown 3‘s Chen Sicheng to become the period’s top grossing director this year with a current estimate of 3.5 billion RMB in lifetime box office. With a cumulating box office of 1.8 billion RMB as of the end ofFeb. 15, she broke records set previously by Rene Liu’s Us and Them (1.3 billion RMB ) to become the female director with the highest box office in China.

The film written, directed, and starring Jia Ling is also the first non-animated film opening in the period to have a woman as the top-billing actor, the first to be told from a female perspective, and the first to star two women (the other one being her long-time collaborator and co-star Zhang Xiaofei). Congrats, Jia Ling and Zhang Xiaofei!

Jia Ling reminisces about her mother in upcoming comedy-drama film

Hi, Mom 你好,李焕英 is written and directed by Jia Ling, and stars the comedian as the daughter who travels back to her mother’s generation after the latter’s untimely death. Zhang Xiaofei plays the younger counterpart of Jia Ling’s mother, while Shen Teng and Chen He costar.

The film is an adaption of Jia Ling’s popular skit of the same name, which in turn is based off her own personal experiences. The film is slated to premiere on Chinese New Year’s Day.

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