Film and theater director Zheng Dasheng was born in Shanghai. Greatly influenced by his grandfather Huang Zuolin (veteran filmmaker and playwright) and mother Huang Shuqin (one of the most renowned female directors in China), his art is known for great humanistic concern and rich historical reflection. He earned his
undergraduate degree from Shanghai Drama Academy China before receiving his MFA in filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His films have won many prestigious awards.