Born and raised in Taiwan
Completed the Republic of China's mandatory military service
At age 23, moved to U.S. to attend college
First film job, an assistant cameraman on Spike Lee's NYU student thesis film "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads"
Filmed the short "Shades of the Lake"; won Best Drama Award in Short Film in Taiwan
Thesis film "Fine Line" won Best Film and Best Director at NYU's film festival
Directed first full-length feature "Pushing Hands"; first collaboration with Good Machine (Ted Hope and James Schamus)
Directed breakthrough film "The Wedding Banquet"; first film from Taiwan to earn a Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award nomination
Helmed the critically acclaimed, "Eat Drink Man Woman"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film
Directed first English-language film "Sense and Sensibility," written by and starring Emma Thompson; film received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture
Earned widespread critical acclaim for "The Ice Storm"
Helmed the post-Civil War-era epic "Ride With the Devil"
Garnered international acclaim with martial arts fantasy drama "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; also produced; film earned Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director
Directed "Chosen," one of five short film advertisements for BMW shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com
Helmed the feature adaptation of "The Incredible Hulk"
Directed Academy Award nominated film "Brokeback Mountain," a powerful love story of two young men, which spans over 30 years
Helmed "Lust, Caution," a thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai
Directed "Taking Woodstock" about the 1969 music festival
Helmed feature adaptation of Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi"; also produced