My tombstone will be marked by my profession – Film Director.
I believe that being a director had given meaning to my life.
To be able to continue, I will never stop learning.
The foremost thing to learn about: people.
Filming is a collective activity, with people everywhere. Being a director is like the captain of a ship, steering the vehicle to the destination and dealing with people is the most important aspect.
The second thing to remind myself: to work hard.
Making films involves odd hours and varied locations, a strong body is required. Directing is a lifetime commitment; one doesn’t retire. To be able to do it is great fortune. All great directors work till their deaths.
Finally, what’s most needed for being a director: simple-mindedness.
May I possess of these qualities, to be able to make films till eternity. Amen!
Chan Wing-chiu was born in Hong Kong in 1959. He fell in love with films during secondary school, watching films in theaters all over Hong Kong. He studied at the Film Culture Centre in 1979, and started working in film in 1981, doing continuity on Hong Kong Hong Kong (1983). Starting with Terry Tong’s Yellow Peril (1983), Chan worked for many years as assistant director, later also working as line producer. He had worked with many directors, including Alfred Cheung, Antony Chan, Sammo Hung, Gordon Chan, Angie Chan and Philip Chan.
With Retribution Sight Unseen (1993), produced by Alfred Cheung and starring Anthony Wong and Veronica Yip, Chan started his directing tenure. In addition to film, he had also directed television productions and music videos. He had also worked for CTI and the Empire Group, responsible for producing television and web programs.
Chan’s short piece My Son (2002), won the Jury Special Prize at the 7th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards. His more recent films, A Side, B Side, Seaside (2005) and A Decade of Love (2008), an omnibus film to which Chan contributed, were shown in film festivals.
Devoted to film education, Chan had taught at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education and had conducted many classes and lectures on film, including a workshop at Tsinghua University in Beijing and teaching at the Film Industry Vocational Training Program presented by the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers. In 2009, he was featured in the Hong Kong Film: New Action project of the Film Development Council and in 2010, he served as executive director for Freddie Wong’s independent film The Drunkard (2010).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||A Decade of Love||MAK Chi Sin Marco YUEN Kin To CHANG Wai Hung Bryan LAM Wah Chuen YEUNG Takkie LAM Oi Wah Aubrey LEE Kung Lok CHUNG Kai Cheong Rico WONG Ching Po|
||A Side, B Side, Seaside|
||Retribution Sight Unseen|
||Rebel Without a Cause|
||Emotional Girl - Doubt of Distress|
||Rebel Without a Cause||MOU Kin Tak|