Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Director
Golden Horse Awards – Best Director
2001 Lan Yu
Kwan landed a job at the TVB after receiving a mass communications degree at Hong Kong Baptist College. Kwan's first film was Women (1985), which starred Chow Yun-fat, and was a big box-office success.
Kwan's films often deal sympathetically with the plight of women and their struggles with romantic affairs of the heart. Rouge (1987), Full Moon in New York (1989), Center Stage (1992; a.k.a. Actress), a biopic on silent film star Ruan Lingyu and Everlasting Regret (2005), are all such typical Kwan films. Red Rose White Rose (1994) is an adaptation of an Eileen Chang novel. The film was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival. His 1998 film Hold You Tight won the Alfred Bauer Prize and Teddy Award at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.
Kwan came out as a gay man in 1996 in Yang ± Yin, his documentary looking at the history of Chinese-language film through the prism of gender roles and sexuality. He is one of the few openly gay directors in Asia and one of the very few to have worked on these themes. His Lan Yu (2001) adapts a gay love story originally published on the Internet.
- Women (1985)
- Love Unto Waste (1986)
- Rouge (1987)
- Full Moon in New York (1989)
- Too Happy for Words (1992)
- Center Stage, a.k.a. The New China Woman or Actress (1991)
- Red Rose White Rose (1994)
- Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (1996)
- Hold You Tight (1997) (Teddy Award in 1998)
- Still Love You After All These (1997)
- The Island Tales (1999)
- Lan Yu (2001)
- Everlasting Regret (2005)
- Showtime (2010)
- Johannes Rosenstein (ed.): Stanley Kwan (= Film-Konzepte 45). Munich: edition text + kritik 2017.