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Born in Hong Kong, Ming Kai Leung obtained his MFA at Columbia University. His 35mm debut, Graceland, was a selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Cinéfondation of Cannes Film Festival. Les Vulnerables, a short film shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was shown on the closing night of the 2007 New York Film Festival and in the Berlin Film Festival.

Ming Kai shot 2 of the 3 award-winning shorts at the 2008 Directors Guild of America Awards, Passing Fancy and Still Water. Off Season won the Panavision Grand Jury Prize at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and was nominated for a BAFTA.

His first feature as a cinematographer, Mundance History, won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and was in competition at the Busan Film Festival 2009. Mundane History was also part of the Debut Cinematographers' Competition at Plus Camerimage Film Festival in Poland, the festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. It was also screened at Edinburgh, Moscow, Munich, Hong Kong, Seattle, among other film festivals. His recent feature, In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire, had its world premiered in competition at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012.