Li Ying was born in China in 1963. After working as a director for China Central Television, he moved to Japan in 1989, where he established the film and TV production company Dragon Films. His first film, “2H,” was released in 1999 and won the award for outstanding Asian film at the Berlin film festival. Li’s other films are the feature “Flying” (2001), the documentary “Dream Cuisine” (2003), and the mixed documentary-drama “Mona Lisa” (2007). All of his films have been invited to Berlin. He has also produced documentary specials for television. “Stardust Dreams” (2003), about aspiring actors at the Beijing Film Academy, won the Hoso Bunka Foundation and ATP awards for best documentary.