After graduating foreign languages department at Soochow University, he moved to USA, where he received MA in Film from Columbia College in California. While in America, he managed to create two well-received short films. In the early 80s he came back to Taiwan. In 1983 he was invited to direct one of the segments in an omnibus film The Sandwich Man. His episode is entitled The Taste of Apple (蘋果的滋味). The two other parts were directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Zeng Chuang-hsiang. This movie, together with another anthology film – In Our Time (1982), is considered a landmark in the emergence of the so-called Taiwanese New Wave. Among his other films, the most significant are Ah Fei (1984), Super Citizen Ko (1995) and Connection by Fate (1998). Wan Jen focuses mainly on issues concerning the Taiwanese society – both historical and current ones. His works are valued for their political and social criticism. In 1996, Chinese Writer’s & Artist’s Association awarded him Chinese Arts Medal for his achievements on field of film. His wife, Su Ming-Ming, is an actress.
“Wan Jen characterized himself as a “commercial” director and an intellectual. All his films dealt with Taiwan history or current social issues. His first feature-length narrative, Ah-Fei/Youma caizi (1984), based on female writer Liao Hui-ying’s popular novel of the same title, reflected the fate of women in the first three-quarters of the 20th century, as well as the change of women’s position in Taiwan from agricultural society in the 1950s to industrialized society in the 1980s. The film won the Best Adapted Screenplay (Hou Hsiao-hsien and Liao Hui-ying) award at the 1984 Golden Horse Awards.”
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