Directors’ BIOS – 2016 Spring Edition(In alphabetical order)


BAEK Jong-yul, born 1970, known as Baik, is a South Korean film director. Baik worked as a visual artist and advertisement director before entering the film industry. His feature debut - a romantic comedy film THE BEAUTY INSIDE (2015), deals with the love between a man who becomes a different person every day and a girl (played by Han Hyo-joo), who loves him. Baik said that there were definitely challenges to create a film with so many different actors playing the same character as each actor came to the set with his or her own interpretation of the character. His effort won him the Best New Director at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards in 2015.  

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Ryōsuke Hashiguchi (橋口亮輔(はしぐち りょうすけ) born 13 July, 1962, is a Japanese film director particularly known for projects concerning LGBT community issues. Hashiguchi's first feature length movie, A TOUCH OF FEVER (1992) was a surprise hit that broke box office records.  His second feature LIKE GRAINS OF SAND (1995) won the Grand Prix at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Dunkirk Film Festival and Torino Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival along with numerous other honors.  Domestically, Hashiguchi won best screenwriter at the Mainichi Film Awards.  His 2002 HUSH! revolves around a gay couple and a woman who wants a baby so she can make friends.  HUSH! was invited to the 54th Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight and was released theatrically in 69 countries.  Domestically it received many awards and the Agency for Cultural Affairs named it the best movie.  After a 6-year hiatus in 2008, Hashiguchi returned with ALL AROUND US which won Tae Kimura multiple best actress awards while Lily Franky won best newcomer awards proving his skills as a director.  

Ryosuke Hashiguchi Filmography (All films are written and directed by the filmmaker)

2013 ZENTAI - The 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival - Dragons & Tigers Competition

2008 ALL AROUND US - (Selected Accolades and Film Festivals)

The 56th Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama Program

The 11th Deauville Asian Film Festival - Jury's Award

The 10th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival - Public Award and Signis Jury Award

The 32nd Japan Academy Prize - Best Actress

The 63rd Mainichi Film Awards - Best Film and Best Screenplay

The 33rd Hochi Film Awards - Best Director

2002 HUSH! - (Selected Accolades and Film Festivals)

The 54th Cannes Film Festival - Director's Fortnight

The 3rd Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs Excellent Film Awards - Grand Prix

The 57th Mainichi Film Awards - Excellence Award

The 45th Blue Ribbon Awards - Best Actress

The 27th Hochi Film Awards - Best Actor

1995 LIKE GRAINS OF SAND - (Selected Accolades and Film Festivals

The 50th Mainichi Film Awards - Best Screenplay

The 25th International Film Award Rotterdam - Grand Prix Tiger Award

Dunkirk Film Festival - Grand Prix and Jury Awards

Torino Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival - Best Feature Film

1992 A TOUCH OF FEVER - (Selected Accolades and Film Festivals)

The 43rd Berlin International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

1989 A SECRET EVENING - Pia Film Festival 1989 - Grand Prize

Tom LIN Shuyu (林書宇) Born in 1976, Tom Shu-Yu Lin is commonly regarded as one of the most promising new filmmakers emerging from Taiwan. After receiving his M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in 2002, Tom started working in the Taiwanese film industry as the first assistant director to filmmakers such as Tsai Ming-Liang and Doze Niu. In 2005, Lin directed his breakthrough short film, THE PAIN OF OTHERS and in 2008, his first feature film WINDS OF SEPTEMBER. Both films have been screened at various festivals throughout the world and both have been critically acclaimed and loved by audiences. Since he lived in the Unites States when he was a child, he grew up learning both Chinese and English, giving him the ability to communicate fluently in both languages. His films all carry a distinctive mix of cultural backgrounds. His works are often filled with dramatic tension, yet within the story explore the most basic problems of humanity, creating believable characters that touch the heart. He followed it in 2012 with STARRY STARRY NIGHT, an adaptation from Jimmy Liao’s famous illustration book. Because of his bicultural upbringing, his films all carry a distinct mix of cultural backgrounds, finding a balance between western narrative and eastern meditation.

Yukinori Makabe (真壁幸紀 (まかべ ゆきのり) born 1984, is credited for:
Screenwriter:  SOUP CURRY, 2012

Assistant Director: ALWAYS: SUNSET ON THRID STREET 3 (2012)

Director:  SOUP CURRY (TV Drama series – 2012) and I AM A MONK (2015)

After graduating from university, Makabe joined ROBOT.  After years of serving in the CM Production Division, he was transferred to Film Directing Division.  Makabe's short film "The Sun and the Moon" won Jury's Award in the Journey's Awards, a prestigious international film competition established by Kai-Wai Wong and Louis Vutton.  Other short films directed by Makabe includes "Tokyo Sky Story" commemorative  of Tokyo Skytree's first anniversary; and "Starry Night", exclusively produced for Nestle Theater.  He has also directed TV drama such as "The Liar and His Lover - Side Story", and theatrical play "Martin!".  "I Am A Monk" marks Makabe's feature directorial debut.  





Banjong Pisanthanakun joined the advertising world after his graduation in filmmaking from Chulalongkom University.  He turned to movie directing with his co-director Pakpoom Wongpoom, for SHUTTER (2004), which became a phenomenal success and was remade by Hollywood in 2008.  The duo co-directed another feature, ALONE (2007),before Banjong made his solo debut in the omnibus films 4BIA (2008) and PHOBIA 2 (2009).  All of these earlier works are horror films that have been recognized and widely popular in the Asian region.  In 2010, he made his first solo feature, HELLO STRANGER, a comic romance between two Thai tourists in Korea that led high numbers of Thai tourists to visit Korea afterwards.  PEE MAK is his fourth feature and currently the highest-growing Thai film of all time.  As of 2013, he is working on a project with Hong Kong actor/director Stephen Chow.






Johnnie TO (杜琪峯), born 22 April 1955, also known as To Kei-Fung, is a Hong Kong film director and producer. Popular in his native Hong Kong, To has also found acclaim overseas. Intensely prolific, To has made films in a variety of genres, though in the West he is best known for his action and crime movies, which have earned him critical respect and a cult following (which include Quentin Tarantino, who once said that he really loves to watch To's gangster films).

To's biggest international successes include BREAKING NEWS, ELECTION, ELECTION 2 (Aka TRIAD ELECTION), EXILED, MAD DETECTIVE and DRUG WAR; these films have appeared in a number of international film festivals, been distributed theatrically in France and the United States, and been widely sold to foreign countries.

His films, often made in collaboration with the same group of actors, screenwriters and cinematographers, frequently explore themes of friendship, fate and the changing face of Hong Kong society.  Sometimes described as "multifaceted and chameleonic" due to his ability to switch tones and genres between movies, To is nonetheless seen as having a consistent style, which involves mixing subdued realism and social observation with highly stylised visual and acting elements.

To heads the Hong Kong-based production company Milkyway Image with his frequent co-director Wai Ka-Fai. – Wikipedia

Victor Vu – Writer/director

Vietnamese-American writer/director Victor Vu is a creative powerhouse, tackling a wide variety of film genres in his quest for cinematic challenges. With 11 feature films in the last 10 years, Vu not only has achieved critical acclaim and industry awards, but also box office success. He is now warmly regarded amongst the top film directors in contemporary Vietnam.

Director’s Selected Filmography: 
•     Vengeful Heart (Qua Tim Mau) – 2014. Genre: supernatural thriller
•     Scandal: The Comeback (Hao Quang Tro Lai) – 2014. Genre: psychological thriller
•     Blood Letter (Thien Menh Anh Hung) - 2012. Genre: historical action, fantasy
•     Scandal: Red Carpet Secrets (Bi Mat Tham Do) – 2012. Genre: psychological thriller
•     Battle of the Brides 1 (Co Dau Dai Chien 1) – 2011. Genre: comedy
•     Battle of the Brides 2 (Co Dau Dai Chien 2) – 2013. Genre: comedy

•    2014     VENGEFUL HEART
•    2013     BATTLE OF THE BRIDES 2
•    2012     BLOOD LETTER
•    2011     BATTLE OF THE BRIDES 1

WAN Lai-ming (simplified Chinese: 万籁鸣; traditional Chinese: 萬籟鳴; pinyin: Wàn Làimíng; January 18, 1900 - October 7, 1997) was born in Nanjing, China. He was one of the Wan brothers who pioneered the Chinese animation industry, and became China's first animator. As the director of the Shanghai Animation Film Studio, he would raise the standard to International level before other historical events affected the industry.  (more info:






Herman YAU was born in Hong Kong in 1961. He studied communication and film at Baptist College (now renamed Hong Kong Baptist University) between 1981 and 1984. In his student days, Yau was active in the rock music scene and in independent films. He entered film industry after leaving school and also penned columns for various publications. He made music videos for local and international artists such as Chang Kuan, Jie Cheng Qiang, Anthony Wong Chau Sang, Jacky Cheung, Andy Hui, the Japanese band Mariko and the renowned jazz musician Eric Marienthal.

Throughout his career, Yau had photographed, produced and directed over 100 films, which include THE UNTOLD STORY, THE UNTOLD STORY III, WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD, WALK IN, EBOLA SYNDROME, MASTER Q 2001, FROM THE QUEEN TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE and THE TROUBLESOME NIGHT SERIES. The Untold Story (1993) and Ebola Syndrome (1996) were regarded as cult classics by many European and American critics. From the Queen to the Chief Executive (2001) was the opening film in the Panorama section of the 51st Berlin International Film Festival and was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual. In 2007, Yau was honored as the Director in Focus by the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival. That year, he was selected Fanta Master at the 11th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. In 2014, Ip Man – The Final Fight won the Bronze Prize at the Udine Far East Film Festival, and in 2015, Charlene Choi won the Special Mention Award at the 10th Osaka Asian Film Festival for her role in Sara (2014).

Ever active, Yau co-founded China Youth Weekly, Big Screen Bi- Weekly and Cine Art Magazine. In 1997, together with a group of friends from different backgrounds who shared the same belief in writing, he founded the publishing house Step Forward Media Company.

Yau also holds a Master’s Degree and a PhD in cultural studies from Lingnan University, Hong Kong.