Richard Chen was born in 1938 in the Chengdu, Sinchuan province. In 1945 his family moved to Taiwan. In 1959 entered Chengkung University as an architecture major. But a year later he moved with his parents to the US. Upon graduation from Chicago Art Institute in 1961, he went to UCLA’s graduate school as film major. He completed his studies in 1976 with Liu Pi-Chia. Since 1970, he has made a number of features, including The Diary of Di-Di(1978), The Pioneers(1980), and When the Moon is Full(1990).