He worked as a director for the Vietnamese diaspora variety show Paris By Night, which is banned in Vietnam. In 1997, a segment he directed accompanying a song by Trịnh Công Sơn generated much controversy among overseas Vietnamese because it allegedly depicted South Vietnam during the Vietnam War in a negative light.
His 2007 film The White Silk Dress (Áo lụa Hà Đông) won the Audience Award at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, the Kodak Vision award at the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival in Japan, and the highly coveted "Best foreign film" award at the Golden Rooster Awards in China.
“The Legend is Alive” (Huyền thoại bất tử) released in 2009 and won six Golden Kite Awards, including a tie for Best Film.
His latest film, “In the name of love” (Lấy chồng người ta) was nominated for People’s choice award in 2012.
- 1999 - Đường trần (Passage of Life)
- 2006 - Áo lụa Hà Đông (The White Silk Dress)
- 2009 - Huyền thoại bất tử (The Legend Is Alive)
- 2012 - "lấy chồng người ta" (In the Name of Love)
- 2014 - Hiệp sĩ mù (The blind warrior)
- Đạo diễn Lưu Huỳnh: Suýt 'bán mình' để kiếm số tiền lớn Archived October 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- (in Vietnamese) Tố Nhi. "Đạo diễn Lưu Huỳnh: Tôi phải chịu áp lực từ hai phía". Sài Gòn Tiếp Thị. Retrieved 2007-10-28.[dead link]
- Viet Nam News Archived March 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Vietnam spins 'Silk' into Oscar material".[dead link]
- VietNamNet - Vietnam movie honored at China Film Festival Archived December 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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