Chris’ ﬁrst feature ﬁlm as writer/director was YELLOW (1997), a coming of age drama/comedy about a group of Asian-American teens in Los Angeles during their pivotal night at high school graduation. The ﬁlm features the ﬁrst performances of John Cho (SEARCHING, STAR TREK BEYOND, HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE) and Jason Tobin (WARRIOR, FAST & THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT) among a young cast, alongside veterans Soon Tek Oh (MULAN) and Amy Hill (MAGNUM P.I., CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND). YELLOW world premiered at CAAMFest (then named NAATA) in San Francisco in 1997 with three sold-out screenings, and was selected for more than a dozen ﬁlm festivals including Raindance U.K., Slamdance, Singapore International, Hawaii International, and the Los Angeles Asian Paciﬁc Film Festival. The ﬁlm was picked up for theatrical distribution by Phaedra Cinema for nationwide release, including a 5-week run in Los Angeles. Chris was an invited speaker at screenings of the ﬁlm at Harvard, Stanford, Rice University, Mount-Holyoke, Wellesley College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other institutions. He served twice as a judge for the Filmmakers Media Fund Initiative at CAAMFest, and was an independent ﬁlmmaker panelist at events hosted by KASCON (Korean American Students Conference), WGA (Writers Guild of America), LA Asian Paciﬁc Film Festival, and a number of other professional and community organizations. YELLOW won the GOLD CARP 1st Place Audience Award for Best Feature Film and the GOLDEN REEL AWARD for Best Independent Feature Film. The ﬁlm is considered a milestone in Asian-American ﬁlmmaking.
In Singapore, Chris directed English-language television on a one year contract at MediaCorp Studios, helming several prime time drama & comedy series at Channel 5. He was also selected to direct a pilot, and his season of GROWING UP went on to garner Best Drama nominations at the ASIAN TELEVISION AWARDS.
Chris’ second feature ﬁlm as writer/director was UNDOING, a noir thriller set in LA’s Koreatown starring Sung Kang (POWER), Kelly Hu (X-MEN 2, SCORPION KING), Tom Bower (CRAZY HEART, OUT OF THE FURNACE), Russell Wong (VANISHING SON, JOY LUCK CLUB) and Leonardo Nam (WESTWORLD). UNDOING was nominated for Best Feature Film by the Los Angeles Film Festival and was singled out for its “striking imagery”. UNDOING had a theatrical release in NYC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and is distributed by Indican Pictures. In 2015 Chris edited and produced JASMINE, directed by Dax Phelan, a dark thriller ﬁlmed in Hong Kong starring Jason Tobin (YELLOW, WARRIOR). JASMINE has won more than 96 awards, including 8 wins plus 9 nominations to Chris for Best Editing. His political thriller screenplay REVOLUTION OF ONE was optioned by Wong Kar Wai's JET TONE FILMS.
Chris is a 2004 Fellow of the Tribeca Film Festival All Access Program, a two-time Fellow of the Film Independent Fast Track Program (2003 & 2006), and a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship Nominee in 2004.
Chris is Korean American and has a B.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.