Writer-Director Dayyan Eng

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Name : Dayyan Eng

Chinese Name: Wu Shixian

Place of Birth: China (Taiwan)
Nationality: USA
Education: Beijing Film Academy - Directing Major (95-97)
University of Washington - Film Arts Major (93-95)
Member: China Film Directors' Guild

Representation: United Talent Agency / H2F

Gong Beibi, Dayyan Eng, Li Yixiang at the Venice Film Festival closing ceremonies


(c) "Cosmopolitan" Magazine (China)


Starring: GONG Beibi, WU Chao
DP: Sam KOA Art: XIAO Hsu Sound: ZHANG Yang
Writer, Producer, Editor, Director: Dayyan ENG

Special Jury Award - 2001 Venice Film Festival
Jury Honorable Mention - 2002 Sundance Film Festival
Directors' Fortnight - 2002 Cannes Film Festival
Grand Jury Award - 2002 Florida Film Festival
Official Selection - 2003 New York Film Festival
Starring: XIA Yu, LI Bingbing, GONG Beibi
DP: Toby OLIVER Art: Thomas CHONG
Writer, Producer, Director: Dayyan ENG

Best Picture Nomination - 2005 Chinese Academy Awards
Best Actress Nomination - 2005 Chinese Academy Awards
Best Art Direction Nomination - 2005 Chinese Academy Awards
Best First Feature Award - 2005 Beijing Film Festival
Best Actor Award - 2005 Beijing Film Festival
Best New Director Nomination - 6th Chinese Film Media Awards
Official Selection - 17th Tokyo Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - 2006 Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - 2006 Hawaii Int'l Film Festival
Starring: Kevin SPACEY, Daniel WU, Beibi GONG
DP: Thierry ARBOGAST Art: Thomas CHONG
Writer, Producer, Director: Dayyan ENG

Official Selection - 2011 Busan Int'l Film Festival



  Clients include :
HSBC (Global), Dongfeng Motors, Nokia, Supor, Shineway, Lotte, Chang Yu, Bengang Steel, CCTV, Channel[V], Cordyceps, Macat Group, Vitasoy, Beijing TV, TEDA etc.




"Waiting Alone" premeire: Dayyan Eng, Li Bingbing, Xia Yu, Gong Beibi



DAYYAN ENG (aka Wu Shixian to audiences in China) is a Chinese-American writer-director with a distinguished international background. He studied film in the US and transferred to the prestigious Beijing Film Academy where he finished his undergraduate studies in directing. Starting his career directing TV commercials for the Asian and global market, Dayyan won recognition and acclaim for his short films, and most recently, his feature film "Waiting Alone". In late 2005, Dayyan became the first foreign member of the China Directors' Guild and made history as the first foreign director to have a film nominated for "Best Picture" at the Chinese academy awards. He is presently one of the hottest young feature directors in China, and is regarded as one of the top directors¡¯ to watch in China according to Variety.

In 2001, Dayyan wrote and directed "Bus 44" starring Chinese film star Gong Beibi. The film premiered and won awards at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and 2002 Sundance Film Festival, and was invited to the 2002 Cannes Film Festival "Director's Fortnight" becoming the first Chinese short film to be invited to each of these festivals. The film was covered extensively in the Chinese media and was critically acclaimed in China, the US, and in Europe, gaining TV and theatrical distribution in territories worldwide.

In 2005, Dayyan completed the Chinese independant feature film "Waiting Alone", which he wrote and directed, starring an ensemble cast including Xia Yu, Gong Beibi, Li Bingbing, and featuring cameos from some of Asia's biggest stars, including Chow-Yun Fat. It premiered to critical raves and was an audience favorite at the 17th Tokyo Int'l Film Festival. The film has been called one of 2005 "best films" by over 50 Chinese media and Variety. "Waiting Alone"
became a hit in China among young people following its September 2005 wide-release in the China market, and went on to receive 3 nominations, including Best Picture, at the Chinese academy awards (Golden Rooster Awards); as well as winning the "Best First Feature" and "Best Actor" awards at the popular Beijing Film Festival. "Waiting Alone" became a best-selling DVD in China and its national network TV premier in early 2006 debuted at #1. The film continues to add a following to its already large fan-base in China. "Waiting Alone" was picked up for international distribution by Arclight Films at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2007, Dayyan was invited to direct the first-ever opening short for the Chinese academy awards last year. He got some of Asia's biggest stars, Ziyi Zhang, Ge You, and Liu Ye to spoof the action-movie genre in a humorous send-up on national TV.

Dayyan recently wrote, produced, and directed his second film, "Inseparable," starring two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Chinese stars Daniel Wu and Gong Beibi. "Inseparable" is the first solely Chinese-funded film with a Hollywood star as the lead. The film opened at the 2011 Busan Film Festival to rave reviews from the Chinese media and is slated to release in China late 2011.

He divides his time between Beijing and Los Angeles and is slated to start shooting an action film in Hong Kong early 2012.

There have been numerous articles and features about "Inseparable", "Waiting Alone", "Bus 44" and Dayyan Eng in the Chinese media with interviews and profiles in all major newspapers, websites, magazines (such as Variety, Cosmopolitan, New Cinema, Rolling Stone, Weekly News, etc.) and TV programs and talkshows across the country. For more information and articles about Dayyan Eng or his films in English, please try searching google.com.


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