Born in Wuhan, China in 1947. Director and photographer Yonfan debuted with A Certain Romance in 1984. He later achieved commercial success with [Lost Romance](1988), an adaptation of The Story of Rose, and then international acclaim with Bishonen (1998), which was invited to the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. His later film [Peony Pavilion](2001) was chosen by Time magazine as one of the ten best films of the year. He later directed Colour Blossoms (2004) and then came to the 2009 Busan International Film Festival with Prince of Tears (2009), which Yonfan wrote, directed, and did the artwork for and was met with rave reviews.