Baoping Cao (born January 2, 1962) is a Chinese film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for his films The Dead End (2015), Cock and Bull (2016), The Equation of Love and Death (2008), and Einstein and Einstein (2018). As the leading director of Chinese film nior and crime film, he received several accolades including the Golden Goblet Award for Best Director, and the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Film etc. In 2017 and 2019, he served as a judge for the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival and 9th Beijing International Film Festival. As a director in the genre of cinematic realism, his works focus on human behavior and reactions in extreme environments. An in-depth discussion of human nature is the eternal theme of his works. He currently has two films in post-productions, The Perfect Blue and Underneath the Surge (both are tentative names).