Arjen has studied Sinology at Leiden University. During his study he has lived and traveled in China for two years, making Mandarin language his second nature and becoming deeply interested in Chinese modern culture. In 2000 he spent one year at the Directors Department of the Beijing Film Academy. Since 2000 he has been involved in directing and producing several large and small-scale film projects in both China and the Netherlands in the area of TVC, feature film and documentary.