Yonfan wrote, directed and produced all 14 of his motion pictures.
Throughout his career, he gave Maggie Cheung her first on-screen romantic role and made Chow Yun-fat a box- office star, Story of Rose (1985), discovered Daniel Wu, Bishonen (1998) and revived the career of the legendary Rie Miyazawa, Peony Pavilion (2002). He has worked with practically every Chinese screen siren of his era. He has restored his complete film library and is now restoring his photographic work including images of China and Tibet in the late 70’s and 80’s.
As a connoisseur of Chinese paintings, Yonfan has made donations to Musée Guimet Paris and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. He has had books of his art collections, photography, memoirs of world cinema and short stories published in Chinese, English and Japanese.
No.7 Cherry Lane is Yonfan’s debut animation and his first new film in a decade (Prince of Tears in Venice Competition, 2009)