I like films because I like daydreaming. I immigrated to the US when I was small. I did not get use to the language. So everyday when I was having lessons in school, I was daydreaming. Wu-xia, science fiction, action, love…To be a director is to make the dream comes true. It is a sharing of your ideas with the audiences.
Directors have their own surreal ideas. However films are realistic. There may be hindrances such as the investor, the market etc. As a director, you must bear in mind your belief and insist your will to keep on.
Tony Chan Kwok-fai grew up in New York City in a restaurant-owning family, and graduated from the New York School of Visual Arts. His 1992 directorial debut Combination Platter depicts life of Chinese immigrants in the United States. The film won the Best Screenplay award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993, and was invited to be screened at the New Directors, New Films Festival in New York. After moving to Hong Kong, he completed several screenplays, but failed to find investors. In 2006 he went to Shanghai to work on the screenplay of the John Woo produced, Alexi Tan directed Blood Brothers. He met photographer Wing Shya on the set of that film, and came up with the basic outline for a tragic-comedy. He completed the script upon returning to Hong Kong, and found RMB20 million in investment to complete Hot Summer Days (2010, co-directed with Wing Shya). The film eventually grossed 140 million RMB. Chan and Wing Shya partnered again on the follow-up, the sci-fi romance Love In Space (2011). With double the first installment’s budget, Love in Space only grossed 66 million RMB. In addition to making films, Chan also owns and operates many restaurants, whose investors include many of his friends from the film world.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Love In Space||SHYA Wing|
||Hot Summer Days||SHYA Wing|