Qin Hailu graduated from Central Academy of Drama, majoring in performance. She has won many awards including the Outstanding Performance Award at the Repertory Showcase, held by the Ministry of Culture, for her leading role in Red Rose and White Rose and the One Drama Best Actress Award for The Yellow Storm. For her role in Durian Durian--which was a runner-up in the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival--Qin won the Best Actress at the sixth Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and the seventh Golden Bauhinia Awards, Best New Performer at the 20th Hong Kong Film Awards, and Best Actress and Best New Performer at the 38th Golden Horse Awards. Her other film credits include Chicken Poets, A Simple Life, and The Piano in a Factory. Qin co-wrote the script for Return Ticket, a film in which she also stars, which won the Best Original Screenplay Award at the 48th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.