Zou Jingzhi (b. 1952) is an acclaimed playwright, poet and prose writer. Extremely influential as a poet in the 1980s, he continues to shape public opinion through his screenplays, which include Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (dir. Zhang Yimou) and The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar Wai). He is a founding member of theatre collective Longmashe, which regularly produces his plays. His opera The Night Banquet was performed in English translation at Lincoln Centre in New York in 2002.