Yung Chang

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Yung Chang
Yung FH Still-CC - Flickr - Eye Steel Film.jpg
Born 1977
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian of Chinese origin
Occupation Film director
Years active 2002–present

Yung Chang (simplified Chinese: 张侨勇; traditional Chinese: 張僑勇; pinyin: Zhāng Qiáo Yǒng) (born 1977) is a Chinese Canadian film director and part of the collective member directors of Canadian film production firm EyeSteelFilm

Biography[edit]

Internationally award-winning filmmaker, Yung Chang, made his first feature documentary, Up the Yangtze《沿江而上》 in 2007. The film used China's highly contested Three Gorges Dam as a dramatic backdrop for a moving and richly detailed narrative of a peasant family negotiating unprecedented historic changes. Up the Yangtze played at numerous festivals, including Sundance, and was one of the top-grossing documentary box office releases in 2008. China Heavyweight 《千錘百煉》, Chang's sophomore film, is about a boxing coach and his two students in rural China fighting to become amateur and professional champions. The film had its premiere at Sundance 2012 in the World Documentary competition. It is distributed by Zeitgeist Films. In the same year, Chang also completed The Fruit Hunters, a feature documentary about nature, commerce and obsession in the fruit underworld. The film is distributed by Cinedigm New Video. Chang is writing Eggplant, his first feature film, about a Chinese wedding photographer.

Awards highlights for Up the Yangtze include: 2009 Independent Spirit Awards Nominee; 2009 Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards; Best Canadian Documentary, 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature, 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival; 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Group Canada’s Top 10 film; finalist for the IDFA Joris Ivens Award, 2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; and Grand Jury nominee for Best Documentary in the World Cinema competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Yung Chang is also the recipient of the 2008 Yolande and Pierre Perrault award for most promising filmmaker at the 2008 Rendez-vous du cinema québecois; received the 2008 Don Haig Award at Hot Docs; and the Charles Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina.

China Heavyweight《千錘百煉》won the prestigious Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary in 2012, considered the equivalent of a Chinese Oscar. At the 2012 Milano Film Festival, it garnered the top award for Best Film.

The Fruit Hunters premiered at the International Documentary Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam and the Berlinale Film Festival in 2013. It won the Best Film award at the 2013 Environmental Film Festival in Paris.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

  • 2002: The Fish Market (short)
  • 2007: Up the Yangtze
  • 2009: Ali Shan (short)
  • 2012: China Heavyweight
  • 2012: The Fruit Hunters

Screenings and awards[edit]

Festival Award Date
Genie Awards Best Documentary 2009
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Documentary 2008
Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 2008
Vancouver International Film Festival Best Canadian Documentary 2008
San Francisco International Film Festival Best Feature Documentary 2008
Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary 2009

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