Tsai Ming-Liang (born 1957) s a film director, winner of a number of prestigious awards of European film festivals, including Golden Lion of Venice Film Festival. He was born on October 27, 1957 in Malaysia, in the city of Kuching. At the age of 20, he moved to Taiwan. In 1998, he graduated from the Department of Drama and Cinematography of Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan, and then worked as a producer, screenwriter and television director in Hong Kong. Tsai's film honours include a Golden Lion (best picture) for Vive L'Amour at the 51st Venice International Film Festival in 1994, the Silver Bear (Special Jury Prize) for The River at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival in 1998, the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival; and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for The Wayward Cloud at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival in 2005, the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice International Film Festival for Stray Dogs in 2013.