Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker of critically and commercially successful films Ashes of Time, Chungking Express, and In the Mood for Love.
He was a full-time television screenwriter who directed his first movie As Tears Go By in 1988.
He was listed at number three on the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Top Ten Directors list of modern times.
He married and had a child with a woman named Esther.
His 2007 film My Blueberry Nights featured many Hollywood superstars, including Oscar winner Natalie Portman.