Peter Chan

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Peter Ho-sun Chan
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Chan attending the premiere of The Warlords in 2007
Born (1962-11-28) 28 November 1962 (age 59) [1]
Partner Sandra Ng
ChildrenJilian Chan (daughter)
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Director
1997 Comrades, Almost A Love Story
2008 The Warlords
Best Film
1997 Comrades, Almost A Love Story
2008 The Warlords
2010 Bodyguards and Assassins

Golden Bauhinia AwardsBest Director
1996 Comrades, Almost A Love Story

Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest Director
1996 Comrades, Almost A Love Story
2002 Three

Golden Horse AwardsBest Director
1996 Comrades, Almost A Love Story
2005 Perhaps Love
2008 The Warlords

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 陳可辛
Simplified Chinese 陈可辛

Peter Ho-sun Chan (born 28 November 1962) is a film director and producer.


Early life

Chan was born in British Hong Kong to parents China. He and his family moved to Thailand when he was 12, where he grew up amongst the international Chinese community in Bangkok. [2] He speaks Thai as fluently as a Thai person.

He later studied in the United States where he attended film school at UCLA, with a minor in accountancy. He returned to Hong Kong in 1983 for a summer internship in the film industry. Chan never returned to UCLA to complete his studies.


He served as second assistant director, translator, and producer on John Woo's Heroes Shed No Tears (1986), which was set in Thailand. [2] He then was a location manager on three Jackie Chan films, Wheels on Meals (1984), The Protector (1985) and Armour of God (1986), all of which were shot overseas. [2]

He joined Impact Films as a producer in 1989, guiding projects such as Curry and Pepper (1990) to completion. [2]

His directorial debut, Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye, was crowned best film at the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild in 1991. It also won best actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Eric Tsang, who would become a frequent collaborator with Chan.

Chan was a co-founder of United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) in the early 1990s, which produced a number of box-office and critical hits in Hong Kong, including his own: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father . Other critical and commercial successes followed, including Tom, Dick and Hairy , He's a Woman, She's a Man and Comrades, Almost a Love Story .

In the late 1990s, Chan worked in Hollywood, directing The Love Letter , which starred Kate Capshaw, Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Selleck.

In 2000, Chan co-founded Applause Pictures with Teddy Chen and Allan Fung. The company's focus was on fostering ties with pan-Asian filmmakers, producing such films as Jan Dara by Thailand's Nonzee Nimibutr, One Fine Spring Day South Korea's Hur Jin-ho, Samsara by China's Huang Jianxin, The Eye by Danny and Oxide Pang and cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

Chan's 2005 film, the musical Perhaps Love closed the 2005 Venice Film Festival and was Hong Kong's entry for an Academy Awards nomination in the best foreign film category. Perhaps Love became one of the year's top-grossing films in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and received a record 29 awards. Chan next directed The Warlords (2007) and produced Derek Yee's Protégé (2007). The two films were the two highest grossing Hong Kong-China co-productions of 2007. The Warlords grossed a record RMB220 million in China and over US$40 million across Asia, and garnered 8 Hong Kong Film Awards and 3 Golden Horse Awards, including Best Director and Best Feature Film.

In 2009, Chan produced Teddy Chen's Bodyguards and Assassins , which has garnered RMB300 million in China box office alone, accumulating over US$50 million Asia-wide. It has scored 8 awards in the Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film. It also won Best Actor awards for Wang Xueqi in the Asian Film Awards and the HK Film Critics Society Awards, adding up to 146 awards out of 231 nominations for Chan's awards track record.

In a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council during the 2010 Hong Kong Filmart, Chan was voted "the most valuable filmmaker", which was strongly backed by his box-office track records.

Personal life

Chan dated Kathleen Poh for a brief period in 1993 before Poh moved to Singapore permanently. Chan currently has a daughter Jilian Chan (born in 2006) with Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng, although the two have no intention of getting married. [3]


As director

As producer

As actor

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