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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Norman CHAN
陳學人 | CHAN Norman

Being a director is at once bitter and sweet. I’m lucky that I only started directing after over ten years of producing, making it easier than new directors, feeling less pressured. But there’s a downside. It was hard for a director with much experience in management and budgeting to find a balance when faced with the budget struggles. But when the film was eventually accepted by the audience and enjoyed good box office, the satisfaction is beyond compare.


Norman Chan Hok-yan studied film at the University of Southern California, returning to Hong Kong upon graduation. In over 30 years of work in film and television, he had worked for Shaw Brothers, Cinema City, Golden Harvest, and D&B, serving a wide variety of roles that include director, scriptwriter, producer, executive and head of production, counting over 100 films to his credit.

The first film Chan directed was The Nobles (1989), a yuppie romantic comedy starring Jacky Cheung and Carol Cheng. He went on to direct 13 ore films, sometimes using the name Otto Chan. 12 Seconds 58 (2008, co-directed with Stanley Siu), a heartwarming drama about a disabled athlete’s struggle to become a sprinter, won the Jury’s Special Award at the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Chan is now a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University while serving as board of director member of the film equipment company Toplight Engineering. He is also a producer at the company he founded.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2008 《12 秒58》
12 Second 58 SIU Ka Wing
1997 《偷情男女》
Don't Tell My Partner
1996 《南洋第一邪降》
The Devil Woman
1995 《廣州殺人王之人皮日記》
Canton Serial Killer
1995 《陽光地獄之人肉市場》
The Gate of Hell
1994 《馬神》
Inside the Track
1994 《不文女學堂》
Screwball '94
1993 《紙盒藏屍之公審》
The Final Judgement
1992 《禁色》
Pink Lady
1992 《不文騷》
Stooges in Hong Kong
1992 《大咸濕》
Under the Rose
1992 《私鐘真面目》
The Key to Fortune
1991 《開心鬼5 上錯身》
Happy Ghost 5 WONG Raymond
1991 《開心鬼5 上錯身》
Happy Ghost V WONG Raymond
1989 《單身貴族》
The Nobles