Evans Chan Yiu-shing was born in Guangdong and grew up in Macau and Hong Kong. He studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, obtaining a Master’s degree. He had directed the features To Liv(e) (1991), Crossings (1994), The Map of Sex and Love (2001) and Bauhinia (2002) as well as the documentaries Journey To Beijing (1999), Adeus Macau (2000), The Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xin (2003), Sorceress of the New Piano – The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan (2004), The Maverick Piano (2007) and Two or Three Things About Kang Youwei (2013).
His work had won awards at film festivals in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Sorceress of the New Piano – The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan was named Best Contemporary Music Film by Spain’s music magazine Compact Disk; Datong: The Great Society received the Best Film of the Year award, presented by the Southern Metropolitan Daily of China; and To Liv(e) was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films by Time Out Magazine in Hong Kong. To Liv(e) was also conferred Best Actress (Lindzay Chan) and Best Supporting Actress (Josephine Koo) awards at Taiwan’s Golden Horse, as well as awards in Portugal and Singapore. His films are the subject of the critical anthology, Angst, Eros and Exile: The Cinema of Evans Chan, edited by Tony Williams and will be published by Hong Kong University Press in 2014.
Chan is also a writer whose work has appeared in many Chinese and English publications. Two volumes of his translations of Susan Sontag’s work were listed as among the year’s Ten Best Non-Fiction Books by the Taiwan newspaper, United Daily. His English-language play, adapted from Chinese writer Eileen Chang’s novel Naked Earth, was staged at New York’s Bank Street Theater.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Two or Three Things About Kang Youwei|
||Datong : The Great Society|
||The Maverick Piano|
||Makrokosmos I & III|
||Sorceress of the New Pianoâ The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan|
||The Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xin|
||The Map of Sex and Love|
||Journey To Beijing|