Malaysian Chinese film director Tsai Ming-liang has been made an officer, in the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

The French representative office in Taiwan says Tsai was recognized for his contributions to the development of cultural cooperation between France and Taiwan.

The honor is a step up for Tsai, who was made a knight in the order in 2004. The order is comprised of three tiers, with the rank of commander at the top.

Many of Tsai’s films have been co-produced with French companies and are often supported with public funds through France’s National Center of Cinema and Art.

Tsai was born in Malaysia and started his career in cinema in Taiwan.


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