I was born in a working-class family and grew up in the city of I-Lan situated on the North East coast of Taiwan. After high school, I left my parents and attended the University of Utah in the United States, where I majored in film studies with an emphasis on writing and directing.
After university, I returned to Taiwan and worked in a commercial production house. This was the period when I honed my skills as a producer, production designer, editor, and assistant director.
In 2000, I relocated to Shanghai and took up the role of General Manager/ Executive Producer for GSH International Shanghai, a high profile commercial production company with dual offices in Taipei and Shanghai. Key clients included China Airline, Asahi Beer, Unilever and Taiwan Beer.
After relocating to Western Australia in 2006, I set up Konnect Films, a film production business specialising in high-end TV commercials for the Asian market and international co-productions. Key clients included Shanghai General Motors, Citroen China, and Asia Pacific Brewery.
In 2007, after more than a decade of struggle with his chronic illness, my father passed away. The loss had a profound impact on me, and I decided to turn my focus to directing.
My first directing project was Conscience (short film), based on Italo Calvino’s short story of the same title, and it was screened as part of the 2009 Cannes Short Film Corner.
In 2010, I made my début feature film Little Sparrows.
Little Sparrows has screened at some prestigious international film festivals; including Rome International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Chennai International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival and Taipei Film Festival as part of its New Talent Competition.
In Australia, Little Sparrows has screened at Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Brisbane Film Festival, CinéfestOz Film Festival, Dungog Film Festival, Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival, Australian Film Festival and a special International Women’s Day screening in conjunction with Arts Margaret River.
Little Sparrows was nominated for the Independent Spirit IF Award at 2010 Inside Film Awards. Little Sparrows was the 2010 winner of SPAARTAN Award of the annual Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) as well as the winner of 2010 Lotterywest Award for Outstanding Achievement Drama Production.
I love movies. I love storytelling.
Sometimes, it is easy to think one’s pain, and heartbreak is unique and unprecedented… but then you read… you watch a film… you hear a song… it is in stories that show me that things that torment me the most are the very things that connect me with others.
I love movies that are intelligently and beautifully made. But that’s not what filmmaking is about at core.
For me, movies are there to show your heart, to show your soul, and to tell your audience: You are not alone.