Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-liang (born 1957) is a Malaysian Chinese and one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang. He graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan in 1982 and worked as a theatrical producer, screenwriter, and television director in Hong Kong. His films have been acclaimed worldwide and have won numerous film festival awards: Tsai´s film honours include a Golden Lion (best picture) for Vive L´Amour at the Venice Film Festival in 1994; the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize for the River at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival; the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival; and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for The Wayward Cloud at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.