Yung Chang

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Yung Chang
Yung FH Still-CC - Flickr - Eye Steel Film.jpg
OccupationFilm director
Years active2002–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese張僑勇
Simplified Chinese张侨勇
Hanyu PinyinZhāng Qiáoyǒng

Yung Chang (born 1977) is a Chinese Canadian film director and was part of the collective member directors of Canadian film production firm EyeSteelFilm.


Chang, made his first feature documentary, Up the Yangtze 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, 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 《茄子》, his first feature fiction film, about a Chinese wedding photographer. The project was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Institute Director and Screenwriters labs in 2015. He is in pre-production for a feature documentary about Robert Fisk, the controversial Middle East correspondent co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada. His latest film, Gatekeeper, is on the festival circuit and streaming on Field of Vision, Laura Poitras' curated online film unit.

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 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]

Gatekeeper won Best Short Documentary at the LA Film Festival in 2016, qualifying for the Oscars.

Chang is a graduate of Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal (BFA 99), the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre (2003), the Canadian Film Center (2009), and the Directors and Screenwriters Lab at the Sundance Institute (2015).[2]




  • 2002: The Fish Market (short)
  • 2007: Up the Yangtze
  • 2009: Ali Shan (short)
  • 2012: China Heavyweight
  • 2012: The Fruit Hunters
  • 2016: Gatekeeper (short)
  • 2017: Eggplant (script)

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
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Documentary 2012
Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 2012
Milano Film Festival Best Film 2012
Festival international du film d'environnement de Paris Grand Prize for Best Film 2013


  1. ^[permanent dead link]à-demain-le-fife-2013
  2. ^ "Yung Chang". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
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