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 61) [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 Chinese parents. His father was writer-director Chan Tung Man. [2] [3] He and his family moved to Thailand when he was 11, where he grew up amongst the international Chinese community in Bangkok. [4] He speaks Thai fluently. [5]

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. [4] 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. [4]

He joined Impact Films as a producer in 1989, guiding projects such as Curry and Pepper (1990) to completion. [4]

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, [6] 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.

Since the mid-2000s, Chan has been working mostly in mainland China, capitalizing on the rapid expansion of the Chinese film industry. [7] Chan's 2005 film, the Hong Kong-China co-produced 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.[ citation needed ]

In 2022, Peter Chan launched production company Changin’ Pictures to make streaming content. [8] [9]

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. [10]


YearTitleCredited asChinese titleRef
1986 Heroes Shed No Tears NoNoYes英雄無淚
Millionaires Express NoYesNo富貴列車
1988Couples, Couples, CouplesNoYesNo三對鴛鴦一張床
1989 News Attack NoNoYes神行太保
1990 Whampoa Blues NoNoYes壯志豪情
Curry and Pepper NoNoYes咖喱辣椒
1991Alan and Eric: Between Hello and GoodbyeYesNoYes雙城故事
Yesteryou, Yesterme, Yesterday NoNoYes記得...香蕉成熟時
1992 The Days of Being Dumb NoNoYes亞飛與亞基
1992 Twin Dragons NoYesNo雙龍會
1993 C'est la vie, mon chéri NoYesNo新不了情
1993 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father YesNoYes新難兄難弟
Tom, Dick and Hairy YesNoNo風塵三俠
1994 He's a Woman, She's a Man YesNoYes金枝玉葉
Over The Rainbow, Under The Skirt NoNoYes記得……香蕉成熟時II初戀情人
Twenty Something NoNoYes晚9朝5
1995 Happy Hour NoNoYes歡樂時光
1996The Age of MiraclesYesNoYes嫲嫲.帆帆
Who's The Woman, Who's The Man YesNoYes金枝玉葉2
Comrades, Almost A Love Story YesNoYes甜蜜蜜 [11]
1999 The Love Letter YesNoNo情书
2000 Twelve Nights NoNoYes
2001 Jan Dara NoNoYes Thai : จัน ดารา
One Fine Spring Day NoNoYes Korean : 봄날은 간다; Hanja : 春逝
2002 The Eye NoNoYes見鬼
Three (segment Going Home)YesNoYes三更之回家
Golden Chicken NoNoYes金雞
2003Project 1:99 (short film)YesNoNo1:99電影行動 - 2003春天……的回憶
Golden Chicken 2 NoNoYes金雞2
2004 The Eye 2 NoNoYes見鬼2
Three...Extremes NoNoYes三更2之餃子
2005 Perhaps Love YesNoYes如果·愛 [12]
The Eye 10 NoNoYes見鬼10
2007 Protégé NoNoYes門徒
The Warlords YesNoYes投名狀
2008 The Eye (remake)NoNoYes
2009 Bodyguards and Assassins NoNoYes十月圍城 [13]
2011 Mr. and Mrs. Incredible NoNoYes神奇俠侶
Dragon YesNoYes武俠 [14]
2012 The Guillotines NoNoYes血滴子
2013 American Dreams in China YesNoYes中國合伙人 [15]
2014 Dearest YesNoNo親愛的 [16]
The Truth About Beauty NoNoYes整容日记
I Reciprocate Your Feelings NoNoYes親愛的
2016 Soul Mate NoNoYes七月與安生
2017 This Is Not What I Expected NoNoYes喜歡·你
2018 Last Letter NoNoYes你好,之華
2020 Leap YesNoNo奪冠
2021 Coffee or Tea NoNoYes一點就到家
2023Tale of the NightNoNoYes长沙夜生活
TBALi Na: My LifeYesNoYes獨自·上場 [17]
She Has No NameYesNoNo醬園弄 [18]

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