Edward Yang

Director
Edward Yang is often cited, along with Hou Hsiao-hsien, as one of the central figures of New Taiwan Cinema. Born in Shanghai, he moved with his family at the age of two to Taiwan. After studying engineering in Taiwan ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1947 in Shanghai, CN

Filmography

Director (6)

Yiyi 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Mahjong 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

A Confucian Confusion 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

A Brighter Summer Day 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

K'ung-pu fen-tzu 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

In Our Time (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Yiyi 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mahjong 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mahjong 1996 (Movie)

dialogue treatment(Chinese) (Writer (dialogue))

A Confucian Confusion 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Brighter Summer Day 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

K'ung-pu fen-tzu 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (3)

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

(Cinovation Studios, Inc.) (Sculptor)

A Confucian Confusion 1993 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

A Brighter Summer Day 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Music (2)

Dongdong de Jiaqi 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Dongdong de Jiaqi 1987 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)
Actor (1)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)
Physical Effects (1)

The Return of Swamp Thing 1989 (Movie)

monster creator(lab mutants) (Puppets Design)
Other (1)

Feng-Kuei-Lai-Te jen 1982 (Movie)

(music) (Technical Advisor)

Biography

Edward Yang is often cited, along with Hou Hsiao-hsien, as one of the central figures of New Taiwan Cinema. Born in Shanghai, he moved with his family at the age of two to Taiwan. After studying engineering in Taiwan, he received an advanced degree in computer science in Florida, before entering USC's film school in 1974. Yang left before graduating, but never gave up the idea of making films, even after taking a computer job in Seattle. In 1980, when a friend from USC asked him to write a screenplay for "The Winter of 1905," he went to Japan for the shoot, then returned to Taiwan in 1981, an opportune time for a budding filmmaker. Almost immediately, he directed "Duckweed" (1981), an episode from the groundbreaking TV series "11 Women." The following year, he was one of four young filmmakers to participate in "In Our Time" (1983), the film which inaugurated the new cinema. It introduced important new directors and represented what Yang considered the first attempt to recover the Taiwanese past, to "open up questions about our origins, our politics, our relationship to Mainland China."

Relationships

Tsai Chin

Ex-Wife

Kai-Li Peng

Wife
second wife, mother of his child and subsequent widow. Widow of Edward Yang

Sean Yang

Son

EDUCATION

Florida State University

Florida

completed engineering degree at Taiwanese university in late 1960s

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1974 - 1975

Milestones

2000

Earned international attention with the Cannes-screened "Yi Yi/A One and a Two"

1996

Served as director of the comic mystery "Mahjong"; screened in competition at Berlin

1994

Directed "A Confucian Confusion"; screened in competition at Cannes

1991

Helmed "A Brighter Summer Day"; shown at several film festivals including Locarno and Tokyo

1986

"K'ung-pu fen-tzu/Terrorizer" screened at Berlin

1982

Feature film directing debut with "Desires" episode of "In Our Time" (Taiwan)

1981

Moved back to Taiwan

1981

Debut as TV director in Taiwan with "Duckweed" episode of "11 Women" series

Moved from Taiwan to the USA to study computer science

Spent seven years in the 1970s working for a microcomputer company in Seattle, Washington

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