I’d always said that I’m a scriptwriter and directing is only a part-time job, never imagining that I’d be a director. Looking at mentors and colleagues, I feel that they are too good. That’s why to this day, I’m still uneasy about my position as a director. I can only work hard to become better, to catch up with everyone.
Born in Hong Kong in 1960, Gordon Chan Ka-seung studied urban geography at the University of Toronto. Returning to Hong Kong in 1981, he got involved in amateur theater and went to work for Shaw Brothers, contributing to special effects of Alex Cheung’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (1983) and Chor Yuen’s Descendant of The Sun (1982).
Chan started his scriptwriting career fortuitously in 1983, when he was asked to work on the script of Behind the Yellow Line (1984) while working continuity for director Taylor Wong. He went on to write for No Regret (1987), The Big Heat (1988) and Dragon Forever (1989), then doubled as writer and executive director on Heart to Hearts (1989), which won Best Screenplay at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
With Lawrence Cheng and Chan Hing-kai, he established People’s Productions, which enjoyed box-office success by finding a niche for yuppie comedies like The Yuppie Fantasia (1989) and Brief Encounter in Shinjuku (1990), both of which he also directed. He then branched into action comedies, directing superstar Stephen Chow on Fight Back to School (1991), which became a huge hit. He collaborated with Chow again on Fight Back to School II (1992) and King of Beggars (1992) in addition to working with Leslie Cheung on Long & Winding Road (1994) and Okinawa Rendez-vous (2000), with Andy Lau on Game Kids (1992) and Armageddon (1997), with Jet Li on The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994, as writer) and Fist of Legend (1994), and with Jackie Chan on Thunderbolt (1995) and The Medallion (2003).
Chan and his work had won many awards. For The Final Option (1993), Chan was named Most Outstanding Director by the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild. He was named Best Director for New Option (1995) by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, which also listed Armageddon as a Recommended Film of 1997. Beast Cop (1998), which he co-directed with Dante Lam, won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards. A1 (2005) was conferred Best Screenplay by the Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild and the Hong Kong Film Critics Society.
Chan served as President of the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild from 2007 through 2010 and as Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong Film Awards Association from 2008 through 2013.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Four 2||CHUN Janet|
||Tales from the Dark Part 2|
||The Four II||CHUN Janet|
||The Four||CHUN Janet|
||Mural||KO Lam Pau Danny|
||King of Fighters|
||Painted Skin||CHIN Wing Keung Andy KO Lam Pau Danny|
||Undercover Hidden Dragon||LAM Dante|
||Mr. 3 Minutes|
||A-1||CHUNG Kai Cheong Rico|
||A-1 Headline||CHUNG Kai Cheong Rico|
||Cat and Mouse|
||1:99||CHEUNG Mabel LAW Alex TSUI Hark CHEN Teddy LAU Andrew CHAN Peter MA Joe CHOW Sing Chi Stephen CHAN Fruit MAK Shiu Fai Alan LAM Dante|
||Beast Cop||LAM Dante|
||Beast Cops||LAM Dante|
||Long & Winding Road|
||Fist of Legend|
||The Final Option|
||Fight Back to School II .|
||King of Beggars|
||Brief Encounter in Shinjuku|
||Fight Back to School|
||Inspector Pink Dragon|
||The Yuppie Fantasia|