Season IV Directors' Bio (in order of their films' screening dates)
March 1st - Survival Family
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Director Shinobu Yaguchi specializes in feel-good "zero to hero" films, where a group of people take up an unlikely activity, face a number of obstacles, but finally succeed. His film Waterboys was particularly successful and led to a TV series which entered its third season in 2005. He was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2005 Yokohama Film Festival for his film Swing Girls.
March 8th - Madam Phung's Last Journey
Director: Tham Nguyen Thi
Tham Nguyen Thi is a director born and raised in Vietnam. After studying cinema and theater in Hô Chi Minh City, she took part in a filmmaking training within the Ateliers Varan in Vietnam. A training thanks to which, she was able to direct her two short films BONJOUR MON ENFANT, BONJOUR MA BEBE (2005) and GRAND-PERE ET PETIT-FILS (2006). MADAM PHUNG'S LAST JOURNEY marks her debut as a feature filmmaker. -Festival Scope
March 15th - Cock & Bull
Director: Cao Bao-Ping
Cao Baoping, despite a diploma in accountancy, had shown promise in writing before entering the Beijing Film Academy in 1985. A number of his poems, essays on cinema, and screenplays were published in film magazines. After graduating in 1989 , he stayed on at the Academy to teach screenwriting and film theory. He then alternated his teaching career with writing screenplays and directing for television, before turning his skills to film directing.
March 22nd - The Search
Director: Pema Tseden
Pema Tseden's debut film The Silent Holy Stones, garnered much praise and awards including Best Directorial Debut at the 25th Golden Rooster Awards, Asian New Talent Award for Best Director at the 9th Shanghai International Film Festival, Special Jury Award at the 8th Changchun Film Festival, and Best First Feature at the 13th Beijing College Student Film Festival. Since then he has continued to write and direct critically acclaimed films such as Soul Searching and Tharlo.
March 25th - Goddesses in Taiwan Cinema Day 1
10:30AM - THE BEST SECRET AGENT (SECRET AGENT HEAVEN NO. 1)
Directed by Chang Ying
A native of southwestern China’s Sichuan province, CHANG Ying (1919-2013) is widely regarded as a pioneer of Taiwan’s film and stage circles. His 1950 film Happenings in Ali Shan was Taiwan’s first Chinese-language movie following the retrocession of the island from Japan to China in 1945. Highlights of CHANG’s filmography include The Fantasy of Deer Warrior (1961). In his later years, CHANG actively cultivated young filmmakers and supported the development of Taiwan’s animation industry.
12:30PM - The Young Ones
Directed by Li Hsing
LI Hsing was born LI Zi-Da in Shanghai in 1930. His works, which include Brother Liu and Brother Wang on the Roads in Taiwan (1958), Oyster Girl (1964) and Beautiful Duckling (1965), are known for mirroring the real lives of Taiwanese people and conveying observations on social issues. LI has had a profound influence on the development of motion pictures in Taiwan, with his contributions culminating in a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1995 Golden Horse Awards.
2:30PM - Cloud of Romance
Directed by Chan Hung-Lit
Chan Hung-Lit (1943-2009) joined the Shaw Brothers’ Southern Drama School in the 1960s and rose to fame for his portrayal of the villain in Come Drink with Me (1966), later becoming one of the most famous villain actors in Chinese-language films. He also directed films produced by his own movie studio established in the 1970s.
March 26th - Goddesses in Taiwan Cinema Day 2
10:30AM - Cheerful Wind
Directed by Hou Hsaio-Hsien
Hou Hsiao-Hsien is the most important and representative figure of New Taiwan Cinema. His filmmaking style is characterized by long-take aesthetics, fixed shots, neglect of causal narrative logic, and realism. Hou’s status as Taiwan's master of cinema was cemented after he won Best Director at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival for The Assassin.
12:30PM - Blue Moon
Directed by Ko I-Chen
KO I-Chen is a film, TV and stage director and actor whose works often express social concern and critique of social issues. His most representative work is “The Jumping Frog”, the third segment of In Our Time (1982), the episodic film that launched the New Taiwan Cinema movement. KO has also been active in political and social movements.
2:30PM - Blue Gate Crossing
Directed by Yee Chih-Yen
YEE Chih-Yen’s works span commercials, films, and TV series. His first full-length feature film, Lonely Hearts Club (1995), tackled themes such as homosexuality and contemporary youths. In 2014, he won the award for Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards for the film Meeting Dr. Sun.
March 29th - My Egg Boy
Directed by Fu Tien-Yu
Fu began her career as a novelist and has won the most prestigious literature award in Taiwan. She has written scripts for several Taiwanese directors and made her directorial feature debut, Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, in 2009. The film was included at numerous film festivals including Hong Kong, Taipei, Karlovy Vary, San Francisco and Okinawa. In addition, she has made several television films, documentaries and music videos.
April 5th - The Projects
Directed by Junji Sakamoto
Born in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture in 1958. Made his directing debut in 1989 with the film ‘Dotsuitarunen’, winning the new face award in the Minister of Education Awards for Fine Arts and the Directors Guild of Japan’s new director award, as well as the Blue Ribbon best film award. In 2000, he won the Japanese Academy’s best director award, the Mainichi Film Awards’ best Japanese film prize, the Hochi Film award’s Best picture and many others, for his hit film ‘Face’, starring Naomi Fujiyama.
April 8th - Song of The Phoenix
Directed by Wu Tian-Ming
Known as the “Godfather of the Fifth Generation,” Wu directed several celebrated films that reshaped Chinese cinema, including The Old Well (1986) and The King of Masks (1996). These films, along with Life (1984), CEO (2002) and his final feature, Song of the Phoenix (2013), earned praise by critics around the world. His films were simple, resilient and full of humanity.
Born in Shan Xi Province in 1939, Wu developed an early interest in the theater and worked odd jobs at local playhouses in order to observe the actors at work. By the time he reached his teens, he had shifted interest to motion pictures, crediting Alexander Dovzhenko’s Poem of the Sea as the primary impetus for his filmmaking career. But first, he put in time as a stage actor and became a film player with Xi’an Film Studios.
As he was gaining stature as a filmmaker, Wu was offered the position of head of Xi’an Film Studios in the early 1980s. As the youngest person to head the studio, he fostered a creative environment for “Fifth Generation” directors -- the first filmmakers to graduate from the Beijing film school after its reopening at the end of the Cultural Revolution.
Under his aegis, such acclaimed motion pictures as Huang Jianxin’s The Black Cannon Incident (1985), Tian Zhuangzhuang’s Horse Thief (1986), Chen Kaige’s King of the Children (1987) and Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum (1987) were produced. - The Hollywood Reporter
April 12th - Norjmaa
Directed by Bayaneruul
Bayaneruul has has spent much of his film career in front of the camera acting in many popular historical movies and television shows.During his acting career healso earned multiple awards and nominations such as his nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 28th Golden Rooster Awards. In 2009 Bayeneruul made his directorial debut with Siqin Hangru. Norjmaa is his sophomore film, released in 2014.
April 19th - Train to Busan
Directed by Yeon Sang-Ho
Yeon Sang-Ho is a South Korean director, and a screen writer, he was born in Seoul in 1978. He is graduated from Sangmyung University with a degree of Western Painting. He directed few short films as well Megalomania of D in 1997, followed by D-Day in 2000 and The Hell in 2003, then set up his own production house Studio Dadashow in 2004. Yeon Sang Ho known for directing a animated film such as The King of Pigs, The Window, The Fake, and his latest animated film is in 2016 called Seoul Station. Yeon Sang-Ho raise to prominence in 2016 after releasing his first live action movie in Cannes Film Festival 2016, his first live action movie is Train to Busan, that starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yumi, Ma Dong Seok, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee, and Kim Su-an. -IMDB
April 25th - She Remembers, He Forgets
Directed by Adam Wong
While most established Hong Kong film directors are working on big budget co- productions with mainland, a group of young filmmakers dedicated to local indie productions with authentic Hong Kong voice emerge. Among them Adam Wong is undoubtedly a leading figure. His 2013 small budget miracle The Way We Dance blew a fresh wind to local film industry and presented a new possibility for Hong Kong cinema outside predictable genre flicks. It smashed local box office and swept Hong Kong Film Awards. One line from the film “How far would you go for dreams?” became internet sensation and crossed over to mainstream pop culture phenomenon.
Adam Wong is a fan of Japanese manga master Hayao Miyazaki and fancies the “fly” concept in many of his works. The first time Adam Wong got to meet his influencer in person, he prepared a paper plane as a gift but went speechless when Hayao Miyazaki said “I knew it can’t fly at the first sight. Its body is too narrow.” Hayao Miyazaki’s dedication to details in filmmaking reflected in this exchange left Adam Wong in awe. In She Remembers He Forgets, the protagonist has a dream about flying. Adam Wong consults Hong Kong Aviation Club on all flying objects in the film and tried flying a glider himself, so that he gets closer to showing how fascinating flying exactly is.
April 28th - Gallants
Directed by Derek Kwok & Clement Cheng
Derek Kwok Tsz-kin began working on film as a screenwriter. He collaborated with director Wilson Yip frequently early in his career, which includes writing credits for Skyline Cruisers (2000), The Mummy, Aged 19 (2002) and Leaving Me, Loving You (2004) and serving as assistant director for Dry Wood Fierce Fire (2002), Leaving Me, Loving You (2004) and Dragon Tiger Gate (2006). In 2006, thanks to the support of Eric Tsang and Teddy Robin Kwan, Kwok directed his first feature film, The Pye-Dog, for Mei Ah Film Production Company. Starring Eason Chan and Lin Yuan, Kwok’s debut participated in many film festivals, winning top honors at the Japan Asian Marine Film Festival and the Best Youth Film Award at The German International Innocence Film Festival, in addition to being nominated for Best New Director at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards. - hkfilmdirectors.com
Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Canada. Clement Cheng Szekit’s directorial debut is the critically acclaimed Gallants (2010), which earned him multiple nominations for best new director, including NETPAC. Gallants won Best Film 2010 at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, 2010 Asia’s 10 Most Notable Film by the Wall Street Journal, 10 Best Film 2010 by the Beijing News, Most Notable Film 2010 by the Hong Kong Directors’ Guild and Best Screenplay by the Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild. The same year, Cheng directed his second feature, Merry-Go-Round, which was named Best Chinese Film 2010 by Film Critics China. Cheng was nominated Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards, Gallants won Best Picture amongst 4 awards out of 7 nominations, and Merry-Go-Round also won the Best Original Film Song award. - hkfilmdirectors.com
May 3rd - Love, Lies
Directed by Park Heung-Sik
After winning the Best New Director Award at the 37th Paeksang Arts Awards in 2001 for I Wish I Had a Wife and making a lavish debut, director Park Heung-sik won the Best Director Award at the 41st Paeksang Arts Awards in 2004 for My Mother the Mermaid, which captured a daughter going back to her mother’s world at age 20 and meeting her first love. The film also won the Grand Prize at the 16th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and further proved his outstanding directing talents. Park claims he wanted to express the most basic human desires through Love, Lies. “I focused on the desires that stem from jealousy. If envy and jealousy form in one’s heart for someone else’s talents, their desires cannot be controlled. I wanted to portray the dramatic desires that many people can relate to.”