films seen
15
average score
2.83*
nationality
Hong Kong - 60 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Unconventional Hong Kong director who made his fair share of genre films, just never quite like the rest. Chan's oeuvre is somewhat inconsistent, but it's a valuable collection of films that holds a good number of positive surprises.

Rare treats

Hollywood Hong Kong poster

Hollywood Hong Kong

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Heung Gong Yau Gok Hor Lei Wood
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 108 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.5

The film is visually impressive, boasts a distinctive and attractive soundtrack, features an interesting and cool story and is supported by a cast of strong actors.

Solid pieces

The Midnight After poster

The Midnight After

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Na Yeh Ling San, Ngo Joa Seung Liu Wong Gok Hoi Wong Dai Bou Dik Hung Van
Specifics
Hong Kong [2014] - 124 mins
Genre
Mystery, Sci-fi
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3.5
Tales from the Dark Part 1 poster

Tales from the Dark Part 1

by Fruit Chan, Chi-Ngai Lee, Simon Yam
Specifics
Hong Kong [2013] - 114 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5
Three... Extremes poster

Three... Extremes

by Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park
Also know as
Saam Gaang Yi
Specifics
Hong Kong, Japan [2004] - 125 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5
Dumplings poster

Dumplings

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Jiao Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 91 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5
Made in Hong Kong poster

Made in Hong Kong

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Heung Gong Jai Jo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 109 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
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3.5

The inoffensive

1:99 Shorts poster

1:99 Shorts

by Fruit Chan, Teddy Chan, Stephen Chow, Wai-Keung Lau, Joe Ma, Alan Mak, Johnnie To, Brian Tse, Hark Tsui, Ka-Fai Wai, Mabel Cheung, Alex Law, Dante Lam, Adam Wong, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Gordon Chan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 70 mins
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Drama
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3.0

Commissioned anthology that was made to lift the spirit of Hong Kong during the SARS epidemic. The who's who of Hong Kong cinema participated, but the result is a little uneven. Not too surprising considering the exterior motives behind this anthology, and there are a couple of worthwhile entries, but overall it's probably best to lower your expectations when watching this.

Finale in Blood poster

Finale in Blood

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Da Nao Guang Chang Long
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 94 mins
Genre
Romance, Horror
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3.0

A very capable early Fruit Chan film, that doesn't deliver on its horror premise (on par for most mainstream HK horror), but at least serves up a decent story. Chan's direction is also well above average and while the actors aren't quite perfect, they do a good enough job. Not an ultimate classic, but Chan's talent is already on display here.

Worthy but flawed

Kill Time poster

Kill Time

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Mou Sha Si Shui Nian Hua
Specifics
China [2016] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5

Complex mix of genres that never establishes a solid bottom line. The story is convoluted and with much effort spent on telling and explaining, not much time is left to worry about the atmosphere. It's not like the film lacks potential, there are some interesting bits and pieces, it just lacks coherence.

The Longest Summer poster

The Longest Summer

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Hui Nin Yin Fa Dak Bit Doh
Specifics
Hong Kong [1998] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5

Dubious filler

The Invincible Dragon poster

The Invincible Dragon

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Jiu Long Bu Bai
Specifics
Hong Kong [2019] - 98 mins
Genre
Action, Thriller
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2.0

Fruit Chan is a true Hong Kong veteran, even so this film feels like it was made by a freshman with a lot to learn still. The action is clunky, performances are weak and the pacing issues are plentiful. It's difficult to imagine someone with Chan's history would make something so sloppy. Not quite the worst of its kind, but no doubt a big disappointment.

Don't Look Up poster

Don't Look Up

by Fruit Chan
Specifics
Japan, South Africa [2009] - 98 mins
Genre
Horror
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2.0
Durian Durian poster

Durian Durian

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Liulian Piao Piao
Specifics
Hong Kong, France [2000] - 116 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0
Heart of the Dragon poster

Heart of the Dragon

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fruit Chan
Also know as
Long De Xin
Specifics
Hong Kong [1985] - 91 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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2.0

Plain forgettable

Public Toilet poster

Public Toilet

by Fruit Chan
Also know as
Hwajangshil Eodieyo?
Specifics
South Korea, Hong Kong [2002] - 102 mins
Genre
Drama
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