Born in Taichung in 1958, Chen Kuo-fu is a famous director, scriptwriter and producer. Chen is known as the forerunner of the Taiwan New Mainstream Cinema Movement and has been the most influential figure to the Chinese film market in the recent two decades.
In 2000, Chen became the head of the production unit of the Asian branch of Columbia Pictures. Here he participated in the filmmaking of productions including Kung Fu Hustle(dir. Stephen Chow, 2004), Big Shot’s Funeral (dir. Feng Xiaogang, 2005) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (dir. Ang Lee, 2000), and has worked as the producer of 20 30 40 (dir. Sylvia Chang, 2004), Warriors of Heaven and Earth (dir. He Ping, 2003), Kekexili (dir. Lu Chuan, 2004), etc. In 2002, he directed and produced Double Vision, which broke the box office record of thrillers in Taiwan cinema. Double Vision challenged the international cinema’s stereotyped impression of Taiwan films and won many nominations at Golden Horse Award and Hong Kong Film Awards. Chen Kuo-fu continuously challenges the standard of sinophile film industry and has been dedicated in encourage communication between Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China.
After Chen’s focus of work moved to Mainland China, he keeps discovering new talents and exploring new genres. He produced 13 films including Assembly (dir. Feng Xiaogang, 2007), The Message (dir. Chen Kuo-fu and Gao Qunshu, 2009) and Aftershock (dir. Feng Xiaogang, 2010). 9 of them achieve the box office of over 100 million Yuan. In 2013, Chen Kuo-fu founded CKF Pictures, and continues to discover the originality of cinema and possibilities of film market.