Umin Boya (also known by his Chinese name MA Chih-hsiang) is an indigenous actor, screenwriter and director. He first emerged with his performance in WANG Shaudi's series 《Big Hospital, Little Doctor》 for Public Television and went on to star in the TV series 《Crystal Boys》 and 《Banquet》, picking up two Golden Bell Awards nominations along the way with his excellent acting. Besides, he has been featured in various feature films such as Sylvia CHANG's 《20 30 40》, YANG Ya-che's 《Orz Boyz》, WEI Te-sheng's 《Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale》 as well as XU Zhao-ren's 《Together》.
Based on his successful career as an actor, he entered the field of directing, manifesting talents in screenwriting and directing. Two TV films he directed and wrote, 《The Wish of Ten-Year-Old Dina》 and 《You Promised Not to Cry》, won Best Screenplay and Best Director for a Mini-series at the Golden Bell Awards in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In 2012, he directed a mini-film, 《How Are You. I'm Fine》, which was nominated for Best Micro Film at Shanghai International Film Festival.
In 2014, he launched his first feature film, 《KANO》, an adaptation of the true story of Kano Baseball Team, the first Taiwanese baseball team to enter Summer Koshien in Japan (in 1931). The film has grossed three hundred and ten million NTD around the country and earned acclaim from both the audience and the media. It also won Audience Choice Award at Osaka Asian Film Festival.
Osaka Asian Film Festival – Audience Choice Award
Udine Far East Film Festival
New York Asian Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival – Best Supporting Actor, Audience Choice Award
International professional experience