Hsiao Yeh, whose birth name is Li Yuan, was born in Taipei City in 1951. He received a bachelor degree from the Department of Biology at the National Taiwan Normal University, and went on to study molecular biology in the U.S., where he later worked as a teacher for a couple of years. During his academic years, his literary works had sold numerous copies in Taiwan and overseas. He also won many literary prizes including the first prize of the 2nd United Daily News Literary Awards.
In 1981, Hsiao worked as the team leader of production planning department of the Central Pictures Corporation. The next year in March, he collaborated with four young directors to produced "In Our Times," a low-budget film with small casts. This film, however, was open to positive reviews and became one of the iconic films of the Taiwanese New Wave Cinema, which influenced the making of many important Taiwanese films including "Growing Up," "The Sandwich Man" and "That Day, on the Beach." These films also brought Taiwan cinema to the international stage after winning numerous awards at the international film festivals.
Hsiao has also wrote screenplays for over thirty films, including "Terrorizers," "Run Away," "Reunion" and "The Story of a Gangster," and received several awards at the Golden Horse Film Festival as well as the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
1990 The 27th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay "The Story of a Gangster"
1986 The 23th Golden Horse Awards Best Original Screenplay "Reunion"
1987 The 24th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay "Edelweiss"
1986 The 23th Golden Horse Awards Best Original Screenplay "The Terrorizers"
1979 The 16th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay "Off to Success"
|2013||Terrorizers (Digital Restoration)|
1988 Voted by Taiwan’s Film Critics Association as No. 1 film of the Top Ten Films of the 1980s 1988 Silver Leopard at Locarno Film Festival (winner) 1987 Sutherland Trophy of British Film Institute Awards (winner) 1987 Best Screenplay of Asia-Pacific Film Festival (winner) 1987 Best Director Award of Pesaro International Film Festival (winner) 1986 Best Feature Film of the 23rd Golden Horse Awards (winner) 1986 Best Original Screenplay (Yuan Li, Edward Yang) and Best Leading Actress (Cora Miao) of the 23rd Golden Horse Awards (nominee)
|1994||Zen Taipei Ah-Kuan|
|1991||A Piggy Tale|
|1989||The Story of a Gangster|
|1988||When The Ocean Is Blue|
|1984||OFF TO SUCCESS|
|1984||A Lily in the Valley|
|1984||The Longest Night|
1985 Golden Horse Award - Best Art Direction, Best Makeup & Costume Design
1985 Asia Pacific Film Festival - Best Art
Direction, Best Cinematography
|1983||All The King’s Men|
|1981||The Battle for The Republic of China|
|1978||The War of the Sexes|