Chris studied film at the USC School of Cinema. His first feature screenplay MISSION STREET, a period love story about a Korean immigrant struggling to maintain a business amid racially charged circumstances in San Francisco, led to his first agency representation at International Creative Management.
He later decided to make his first film by independent means, signing with Eric Kim at THE IRV SCHECHTER COMPANY. Partnering with producers Eric Kim, David Yang, and executive producers Ted Kim and Taka Arai he then wrote, directed and produced YELLOW, a drama/comedy about a group of Asian American teens confronting a crisis during their last night graduating from high school. The film starred John Cho, Jason Tobin, Burt Bulos, Lela Lee, Angie Suh, Amy Hill, Steve Park, Charles Chun, and Soon-Tek Oh. YELLOW world premiered at the 1997 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (aka CAAMFest) and screened in competition at Slamdance, Raindance UK, Hawaii International, and over a dozen film festivals. YELLOW won Best Film at the SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN REEL AWARDS and the SEATTLE GOLDEN CARP AWARD for 1st Place Feature Film. YELLOW was released theatrically nationwide by PHAEDRA CINEMA which culminated in a 5-week run in Los Angeles. It was later distributed on THE SUNDANCE CHANNEL and on home video by VANGUARD.
In 2001 Chris directed English-language prime time television for MediaCorp Studios in Singapore. He directed GROWING UP, a much-beloved one-hour period drama in its fifth season. His season garnered the highest ratings ever for the show and resulted in its nomination for Best TV Drama at the ASIAN TELEVISION AWARDS. Chris also directed the first season of MOULMEIN HIGH, a half-hour high school drama, and the pilot episode of BALL SENSE, an ensemble soccer comedy. That same year his original feature script REVOLUTION OF ONE, was optioned by Wong Kar Wai's JET TONE FILMS in Hong Kong.
Upon return to Los Angeles, Chris developed several new projects and was selected as a fellow twice for the Los Angeles Film Festival FAST TRACK Program, in 2003 and 2006. He was a Tribeca Film Festival ALL ACCESS Fellow in 2004. In 2006, his second feature film as writer/director, UNDOING, a neo-noir drama set in Koreatown, Los Angeles, starring Sung Kang (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, FAST FIVE), Kelly Hu (SCORPION KING), Russell Wong (JOY LUCK CLUB, VANISHING SON), Kenneth Choi (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), and Tom Bower (CRAZY HEART) world premiered in Narrative Competition at the LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL. UNDOING was released theatrically by INDICAN PICTURES [USA] and BOLL WORLD SALES & LOS BANDITOS FILMS [INTERNATIONAL].
Chris served as Editor, Producer and Co-Post Supervisor on the feature thriller JASMINE, set in Hong Kong starring Jason Tobin & Eugenia Yuan, which won five awards at the 2015 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film and a Special Jury Prize for Best Editing. Chris went on to receive 8 wins and more than 10 nominations for his work as Editor, and more than a dozen wins as a Producer. In 2017 he edited GO NORTH starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Jacob Lofland, & Sophie Kennedy Clark, released theatrically by FILMBUFF and ORION PICTURES.