Born in Shanghai, 1947, Yang moved to Taipei with his family in 1949. He distinguished himself as a cartoonist and manga artist while still in his teens. After graduating with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, he moved to the USA to study computer design and took a higher degree in Computer and Information Sciences. His interest in film led him to enroll at USC film school, but he dropped out after only one semester and worked as a microcomputer and systems designer at a research institute in Seattle for seven years. He returned to Taiwan in 1981 to begin a new career as a filmmaker - initially as a scriptwriter, then as a director.
In 1989 he founded the independent company Yang and his Gang, Filmmakers and made A Brighter Summer Day. The company expanded its activities to include theater work in 1992, and was renamed Atom Films & Theatre. In addition to financing and producing films and plays, the company is increasingly involved in hi-tech multimedia experiments and applications.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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