I know many had hoped I would go back to making films like Comrades, Almost a Love Story, but I can’t. One changes, liking different things at different ages. As such, producing is my profession. Directing is only a hobby; if I don’t have an interest, I won’t be able to do anything.
That’s why I define myself as a producer. My biggest strength is marketing. In truth, the first time you tell a story to actors, friends or investors, that’s marketing.
My training in this area started when I was dealing with the Hong Kong market. Every ad, every news release represents the quality of a film. Like making films, promotion projects a certain artistic standard; it’s very important. Besides, who better conveys the essence of a film than I do? Who cares more about a film’s fate than I do? To unify a film’s quality from start to finish, the author’s aesthetics must inform every single aspect. Gaining the right to decide is therefore essential.
Born in Hong Kong in 1962, Peter Chan Ho-sun is the son of Mandarin cinema director Chan Tung-man. Chan grew up in Thailand after his family moved there when he was eight. He studied film at Glendale Collage in Los Angeles, returning to Hong Kong in 1983 and worked for Golden Harvest, serving as assistant director on several Jackie Chan films and on John Woo’s Heroes Shed No Tears (1986), doubling as interpreter while on location in Thailand.
Chan became a producer with News Attack (1989), then a director with Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye (1991), which won Best Actor (for Eric Tsang) at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 1992, Chan teamed with Tsang and Claudie Chung to form United Filmmakers Organization (UFO), specializing in light comedies and city dramas, many of them hits. Chan’s directed several well-received works for UFO, including Tom, Dick and Harry (1993), He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Father (1993) and He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (1994), the latter harvesting the Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress prize for Anita Yuen.
Chan enjoyed phenomenal acclaim with Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996), which won nine honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. On the strength of the film’s international reknown, Chan was invited to Hollywood to direct the romantic comedy The Love Letter (1999) for Dreamworks SKG.
With a vision to foster a pan-Asian cinema, Chan founded Applause Pictures in 2000 with Teddy Chen and Allan Fung, producing the Thai co-production Jan Dara (2001), the Korean co-production One Fine Day (2001) and the Singaporean coproductions The Eye (2002) and its sequel The Eye 2 (2004).
Meanwhile, Chan’s penchant for recognizing good performances continued. Leon Lai won Golden Horse Best Actor with Three: Go Home (2002), Angelica Lee Sin-je won Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress prizes with the Chan produced The Eye (2002) and Sandra Ng took home the Golden Horse Best Actress prize for Golden Chicken (2002),also produced by Chan.
With an eye for the Chinese market, Chan formed Morgan & Chan Films with Andre Morgan and directed Perhaps Love (2005), a musical that became a big hit in China and a critical favorite, winning many prizes at film festivals and award shows. He followed with The Warlords (2006), which received eight Hong Kong Film Awards statues and three Golden Horses. Bodyguards and Assassins (2009), which Chan produced, won eight Hong Kong Film Awards prizes, including Best Picture and Best Director. His latest work is American Dreams in China (2013).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||American Dreams in China|
||The Warlords||YIP Wai Man Raymond|
||Perhaps Love||CHIU Liang Ching Samson|
||1:99||CHEUNG Mabel LAW Alex TSUI Hark CHAN Gordon CHEN Teddy LAU Andrew MA Joe CHOW Sing Chi Stephen CHAN Fruit MAK Shiu Fai Alan LAM Dante|
||Three: Going Home|
||The Love Letter|
||The Age of Miracles|
||Who's the Woman, Who's the Man.|
||Comrades, Almost a Love Story|
||He's a Woman, She's a Man|
||Tom, Dick And Hairy||LEE Chi Ngai|
||He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father!||LEE Chi Ngai|
||Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye|