Fruit Chan at the Tokyo International Film Festival, 21 October 2009
15 April 1959 |
Fruit Chan Gor (Chinese: 陳果; born 15 April 1959 in Guangdong, China) is an independent Hong Kong Second Wave screenwriter, filmmaker and producer, 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. His name became familiar to many Hong Kongers only after the success of the 1997 film Made in Hong Kong, which earned many local and international awards. Chan was deeply influenced by the era of sixties film in Japan, for the reason that they were not afraid to produce realistic movies that addressed society's problems. In particular, Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director during the sixties was someone who Chan looked up to and thought of when directing Made in Hong Kong.
On 22 August 2007, Chan announced that he will make a film focusing on Bruce Lee's early years, specifically, the Chinese-language film, Kowloon City, will be produced by John Woo's producer Terence Chang. The film will be set in 1950s Hong Kong.
Chan's credits include Durian Durian. Also, Stanley Kwan stated that he was talking with Lee's family to make a movie about the late action movie icon. Further, in April, Chinese state media announced that its national broadcaster started filming a 40-part TV series on Bruce Lee to promote Chinese culture for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Fruit Chan was born in China but in 1969 he immigrated with his parents to Hong Kong. As a child, Chan, watched a soviet film that sparked his interest and love for movies. In Middle School he held a part-time job that allowed him to work in a theatre projection room. His first film screening was of a traditional Chinese opera directed by no other than John Woo. 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.
His lucky 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. 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. 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.
- Finale in Blood (大鬧廣昌隆) (1993)
- The 1997 Trilogy (九七三部曲) (referring to the year of Hong Kong's handover to the People's Republic of China)
- The Prostitute Trilogy (妓女三部曲)
- Three... Extremes (三更2) (2004) – segment "Dumplings"
- Dumplings (餃子) (2004)
- Chengdu, I Love You (2009) – segment "1976"
- Don't Look Up (2009), a remake of the 1996 Japanese horror film Don't Look Up
- Tales from the Dark 1 (2013) – segment Jing Zhe
- The Midnight After (2014)
- Kill Time (2016)
- 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)
- Robin Gatto. "Interview Fruit Chan". Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- IHT, Report: Hong Kong director plans Bruce Lee biopic
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- House of World Cultures. "Culturebase.net | The International Artist Database". Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- "24th Moscow International Film Festival (2002)". MIFF. Retrieved 30 March 2013.