Fruit Chan Gor (Chinese: 陳果; born 15 April 1959) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker who is best known for his style of film reflecting the everyday life of Hong Kong people. He is well known for using amateur actors (such as Sam Lee in Made in Hong Kong, Wong Yau-Nam in Hollywood Hong Kong) in his films. He became a household name after the success of the 1997 film Made in Hong Kong, which earned many local and international awards.

Fruit Chan
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Fruit Chan at the Hong Kong Art Centre, 28 July 2017
Born (1959-04-15) 15 April 1959 (age 63)
Guangdong, China
NationalityHong Kong
Awards
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Director
1998 Made in Hong Kong
Best Screenplay
2001 Durian Durian

Golden Bauhinia AwardsBest Director
1998 Made in Hong Kong
Best Screenplay
2001 Durian Durian

Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest Director
1998 Made in Hong Kong
2015 The Midnight After
Best Screenplay
2003 Hollywood Hong Kong

Golden Horse AwardsBest Director
1997 Made in Hong Kong
2002 Hollywood Hong Kong
Best Original Screenplay
1997 Made in Hong Kong
2000 Little Cheung
2001 Durian Durian

Fruit Chan Gor
Traditional Chinese陳果
Simplified Chinese陈果

Early lifeEdit

Chan was born on Hainan Island, China. Growing up, he watched a lot of films from Communist countries.[1]

He and his family moved to Hong Kong in July 1971.[1] His family was poor and Chan worked in an electronics factory while finishing Forms 1 to 3 at night school. He later got a job as a projectionist in Jordan, Hong Kong, where he developed an interest in international cinema.[1]

He later enrolled in a one-year film studies course at the Film Culture Society, garnering admission by lying about his secondary education experience and working odd jobs to pay for tuition.[1]

CareerEdit

He continued his interest in film later on at the Hong Kong Film Culture Centre, a small film club, where he studied script writing and directing. In 1982, after only one year of working at the Hong Kong Film Culture Centre he started his career in the film industry. He began his career as an assistant director to David Lai Dai-Wai in the film Mid-Night Girls. He later worked as an assistant director to mainstream directors Jackie Chan, Kirk Wong, Ronny Yu, and Shu Kei.[2]

His break came in 1991 when a film he was working with stopped its production. Chan took this as an opportunity; he used the same studio to direct Finale in Blood starring Hong Kong film star Andy Lau.[3] However, the outcome of the first of his own films was highly praised by the critics rather than the public. In 1994 he collected a total of 500,000 HKD and film-materials left over by other productions to begin directing his award winning Made in Hong Kong.[4] After Made in Hong Kong came out he was thought of as the hope for Hong Kong cinema by fellow Hong Kong filmmakers for challenging the stable model of Hong Kong filmmaking. He had become the first filmmaker to, independently of the big studios, challenge the genre of Hong Kong films and make realistic films about the political and social situations going on in Hong Kong at the time. The film was the first part to a trilogy that included The Longest Summer and Little Cheung.

In 2002, Chan was a member of the jury at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival.[5]

Chan was selected to head the jury for the 2015 Taipei Film Festival.[6]

Style and influencesEdit

Chan lists Japanese directors, particularly from the 1960s such as Nagisa Ōshima, as his primary influences. Ōshima specifically was the influence for Chan's film Made in Hong Kong (1997).[2]

Chan's films often focus on the "raw, often bleak, view of life of Hong Kong's working class."[1]

FilmographyEdit

As directorEdit

As scriptwriterEdit

  • Bugis Street (1995)
  • The 1997 Trilogy 九七三部曲
    • Little Cheung 細路祥 (1999)
    • The Longest Summer 去年煙花特別多 (1998)
    • Made in Hong Kong 香港製造 (1997)
  • The Prostitute Trilogy 妓女三部曲
    • Hollywood Hong Kong 香港有個荷里活 (2001)
    • Durian Durian 榴槤飄飄 (2000)
  • Public Toilet 人民公廁 (2002)

As producerEdit

As actorEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Whitehead, Kate (30 March 2002). "Roll on, Fruit Chan". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 9 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Gatto, Robin; Sonatine (May 2002). "Interview Fruit Chan". www.cinemasie.com. Retrieved 12 April 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ House of World Cultures. "Culturebase.net | The International Artist Database". Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ Fanfan Ko. "FilmFestivals.com". Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  5. ^ "24th Moscow International Film Festival (2002)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  6. ^ Sin, Ben (1 July 2015). "Fruit Chan heads jury for 17th Taipei Film Festival". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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