As a director who started as a scriptwriter, I’m fond of original works. The advantage of being a Hong Kong director is the high degree of freedom. We can make any films we want, without any restrictions.
I wish “creative freedom” is a privilege that Hong Kong directors can always enjoy.
Chan Hing-kai was born in Hong Kong in 1959. He graduated from St Peter’s Secondary School in 1976 and from Chinese University in 1981. He joined TVB in 1982, writing situation comedies.
He broke into film co-writing the script for Behind the Yellow Line (1984) with several others, including Gordon Chan and Lawrence Cheng. Later, using the pseudonym Nip Wang-fung, he co-wrote the seminal gangster megahit A Better Tomorrow (1986) as well as Heart to Hearts (1988) and The Yuppie Fantasia (1989), the latter was based on a Radio-Television Hong Kong serial that Chan wrote. Heart to Hearts won Best Screenplay at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the script for The Yuppie Fantasia was nominated.
In 1990, Chan teamed with Gordon Chan and Lawrence Cheng to form People’s Productions. The company was marked by several comedies written by Chan, like Brief Encounter in Shinjuku (1990), Alien Wife (1991) and Never Ending Summer (1992), chronicling the misadventures of the city man.
In addition to comedies, Chan had also written many outstanding action films, such as Thunderbolt (1995), First Option (1996), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1996), Option Zero (1997) and Beast Cop(1998), the latter winning the trophies for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Chan formed Icon Pictures in 2000 with Amy Chin and Janet Chun, its inaugural project Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone (2000), written by Chan, was conferred Best Screenplay as well as Recommended Film by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The company later produced a series of comedies, many of them codirected by Chan, his partners including Patrick Leung, Dante Lam and Janet Chun. La Comedie Humaine (2010), which he co-directed with Chun, was another Recommended Film by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. Chan was one of the founders of the Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild and had served as President and Vice President of the group. He had also been Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Awards Association’s Board of Directors.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||All's Well End's Well 2012||CHUN Janet|
||All's Well End's Well 2011||CHUN Janet|
||La Comédie Humaine||CHUN Janet|
||Poker King||CHUN Janet|
||La Lingerie||CHUN Janet|
||Simply Actors||LEUNG Pak Kin Patrick|
||Love On The Rocks||LAM Dante|
||Good Times, Bed Times||LEUNG Pak Kin Patrick|
||Naked Ambition||LAM Dante|
||Mighty Baby||LEUNG Pak Kin Patrick|
||La Brassiere||LEUNG Pak Kin Patrick|