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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001 | First he tended fruit trees in the Taiwanese mountain ranges. Then he baked bread for 12 years at a small bakery in Taipei. But all Lin Cheng-sheng wanted was to make movies.

It may have taken ten years but the master baker has now become master director: he picked up the Best Director award at the Berlin Film Festival this month for his fifth feature film, "Betelnut Beauty." "It's not so important that I win an award," he told TIME, "what's important is...