Benny Chan (film director)
|Died||23 August 2020 (aged 58)|
Benny Chan died of nasopharyngeal cancer in Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital.
Life and careerEdit
Chan was born in 1961. He first accepted a job in 1981 at Rediffusion Television working in continuity. The following year, he joined TVB, becoming a production assistant to Johnnie To. By 1985, Chan had worked his way up to being a television director, co-directing television series like The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (1985). In addition to directing most of the episodes of The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain, he also wrote the scripts for all 40 episodes. Chan had gained experience as an executive director for a couple of films between 1987 and 1988, and had also directed and produced a few television series for Asia Television in 1989.
Chan's debut as a film director began with A Moment of Romance (1990), which was produced by To. During the 1990s, he directed films like Big Bullet (1996), Who Am I? (1998), and Gen-X Cops (1999). For his work on Big Bullet, which he co-wrote, directed, and produced, Chan was nominated for Best Director at the 1997 Hong Kong Film Awards. The film also won awards for Best Film Editing at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the 1996 Golden Horse Film Festival. He also continued to work in television, directing episodes of the 1995 adaptation of Fist of Fury starring Donnie Yen.
Working in exclusively the film industry since 1998's Who Am I?, Chan continued to work on various projects. Since Who Am I?, he continued to direct more of Jackie Chan's movies, such as New Police Story (2004), Rob-B-Hood (2006), and Shaolin (2011). He also directed Heroic Duo (2003), Divergence (2005), Connected (2008), and The White Storm (2013). Prior to his death, Chan was working on Raging Fire, which he gave to a colleague to complete post-production work after his cancer diagnosis.
Illness and deathEdit
In 2019, Chan was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer after feeling unwell while working on Raging Fire. During the last few months of his life, he was hospitalized at Prince of Wales Hospital.
Filmography as a directorEdit
- A Moment of Romance (1990)
- Son on the Run (1991)
- What a Hero! (1992)
- The Magic Crane (1993)
- A Moment of Romance II (1993)
- Happy Hour (1995)
- Man Wanted (1995)
- Fist of Fury (1995)
- Big Bullet (1996)
- Who Am I? (1998)
- Gen-X Cops (1999)
- Gen-Y Cops (2000)
- Heroic Duo (2003)
- New Police Story (2004)
- Divergence (2005)
- Rob-B-Hood (2006)
- Invisible Target (2007)
- Connected (2008)
- Chocolate Lovers (2008)
- City Under Siege (2010)
- Shaolin (2011)
- The White Storm (2013)
- Call of Heroes (2016)
- Meow (2017)
- Raging Fire (2021)
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