Graduate of the Beijing Film Academy and one of the Sixth Generation directors. In 1993, he wrote and directed The Days, which garnered praise from Western film critics but was blacklisted by the China Film Bureau, along with the director himself. He submitted his next film, Frozen to various international film festivals under the name "Wu Min" (Anonymous). Other films include So Close to Paradise (1998), The House (1999) and Bicycling Beijing (2001). This last film won the Best Silver Bear and the Best Young Actor Awards at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival.