His 2002 film The Best Of Times was entered into the 59th Venice International Film Festival. Chang Tso-chi was born in Chiayi. Both of Chang"s parents migrated to Taiwan from Guangdong, Mainland China following the Chinese Nationalists" defeat in the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
Chang started his career in the film industry as an assistant photographer and then assistant director
He learned his craft from renowned directors such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tsui Hark and Yim House In 1988, he worked as Hou Hsiao-Hsien"s first assistant director on A City of Sadness.