films seen
22/23
average score
2.79*
nationality
Hong Kong - 58 years old
status
R.I.P. (1961 - 2020)
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Benny Chan is the median of Hong Kong action cinema. He collaborated with all the Hong Kong greats, but never really managed to rise above himself. If you need quality genre filler though, he has some very solid films on offer.

Solid pieces

Raging Fire

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Nou Fo
Specifics
2021 / 126m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Raging Fire poster

Benny Chan's swansong. The man left us way too early, but it's nice to know he went out with a bang. Raging Fire is a vintage Chan production, a Hong Kong procedural with the necessary action scenes to keep the adrenaline pumping. Hong Kong could use a few more films like this, which makes Chan's loss all the more painful.

Bong is a model detective, but his loyalty to justice gets him into trouble when he is forced to testify against some fellow officers. His report lands them in jail. When years later they finally get out, revenge is on their mind. After some violent attacks, Bong and his team will have to go all out to stop them.

Donnie Yen and Nicolas Tse are both excellent as the leads, the action scenes are well choreographed and impressive, the pacing is on point too. There may be a bit too much filler drama, certainly not a first for this type of film, but there are plenty of action scenes scattered throughout to make up for it. A fine action flick.

Call of Heroes

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Ngai Sing
Specifics
2016 / 120m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Call of Heroes poster

The White Storm

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Sao Du
Specifics
2013 / 140m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The White Storm poster

Connected

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Bo Chi Tung Wah
Specifics
2008 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Connected poster

Invisible Target

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Naam Yi Boon Sik
Specifics
2007 / 129m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Invisible Target poster

Naam Yi Boon Sik (Invisible Target) is what happens when all the stars align for director Benny Chan. While the film still can't quite match Hong Kong's best action cinema, it's more than perfect filler with plenty of sumptuous treats for action fans.

Chan brought together some interesting young talent to fill in the main roles. Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue (Shamo) and Jaycee Chan (Jackie's son, amazing in Lee's Adventure and pk.com.cn) form a trio of good guys who are out to capture Wu Jing's band of criminals. This being a Hong Kong action film there is of course some (sub-par) personal drama to fill in the gaps, but for the greater part the action sequences dominate the film.

Naam Yi Boon Sik is a surprisingly violent film. While Benny Chan is known for his action cinema, usually his films tend to be a bit lighter in tone. Here he opts for darker colors, grittier characters and only a select few moments of comic relief. It's a choice that turns out to be surprisingly effective, giving the film a welcome edge over his other work.

From start to finish, the film is littered with various long-winding action sequences. There are some cool fights, some crazy chases (the rooftop chase is amazing) and a healthy selection of glass-shattering explosions. The breaks in between action scenes are few and far between and while the film is a little lengthy (128 minutes is a bit much for a film like this), it never really stalls or becomes boring.

Benny Chan finds the right balance between fun and grit. Naam Yi Boon Sik may well be his best film so to date. While no match for the best Hong Kong action films out there, it's a great diversion should you want a bit of brainless entertainment.

Divergence

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Saam Cha Hau
Specifics
2005 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Divergence poster

The inoffensive

Shaolin

by Benny Chan
Also known as
San Siu Lam Zi
Specifics
2011 / 131m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Shaolin poster

Rob-B-Hood

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Bo Bui Gai Wak
Specifics
2006 / 136m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Rob-B-Hood poster

New Police Story

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Xin Jing Cha Gu Shi
Specifics
2004 / 123m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
New Police Story poster

Gen-Y Cops: Metal Mayhem

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Tejing Xinrenlei 2
Specifics
2000 / 120m - Hong Kong
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Gen-Y Cops: Metal Mayhem poster

Big Bullet

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Chung Fung Dui Ji No Foh Gaai Tau
Specifics
1996 / 91m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Big Bullet poster

Man Wanted

by Benny Chan, Wai-Man Cheng
Also known as
Mong Kok Dik Tin Hung
Specifics
1995 / 92m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Man Wanted poster

The Magic Crane

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Xin Xian He Shen Zhen
Specifics
1993 / 96m - Hong Kong
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Magic Crane poster

Worthy but flawed

City under Siege

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Chun Sing Gai Bei
Specifics
2010 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
City under Siege poster

Heroic Duo

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Shuang Xiong
Specifics
2003 / 100m - Hong Kong
Genre
Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Heroic Duo poster

Gen-X Cops

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Dak Ging San Yan Lui
Specifics
1999 / 114m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Gen-X Cops poster

Son on the Run

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Dai Zi Hong LangĀ 
Specifics
1991 / 91m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Son on the Run poster

Dubious filler

Who Am I?

by Benny Chan, Jackie Chan
Also known as
Ngo Si Seoi
Specifics
1998 / 108m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Who Am I? poster

A Moment of Romance II

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Tin Joek Jau Cing II - Zi Tin Coeng Dei Gau
Specifics
1993 / 87m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
A Moment of Romance II poster

What a Hero

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Hua! Ying Xiong
Specifics
1992 / 95m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
What a Hero poster

A Moment of Romance

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Tian Ruo You Qing
Specifics
1990 / 87m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
A Moment of Romance poster

Plain forgettable

Meow

by Benny Chan
Also known as
Miao Xing Ren
Specifics
2017 / 109m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Meow poster

Meow is aimed squarely at kids, but even then it offers very little value. The CG is unacceptable, the acting way over the top and the drama downright annoying. Instead of making a sweet, pleasant and carefree film, the bright and sugary colors can't hide all the kitsch underneath.