films seen
15
average score
2.70*
nationality
Hong Kong - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Peter Chan flourishes when doing his classier version of big budget genre cinema, but most of his films are more modest dramas. Whatever you prefer, Chan is probably a good place to start for people interested in Hong Kong cinema.

The good stuff

The Warlords

by Wai Man Yip, Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Tau Ming Chong
Specifics
2007 / 126m - China
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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The Warlords poster

Warlords is an awesome film about three beardy men with balls taking their little army to conquer nations, but failing to keep in control over their own friendship.

Swordsmen

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Wu Xia
Specifics
2011 / 114m - Hong Kong
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Swordsmen poster

Chan's attempt is definitely a good start, sporting high production values, a classy and stylish atmosphere and a strong mix of varied genre elements.

Perhaps Love

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Ru Guo · Ai
Specifics
2005 / 107m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Musical
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Perhaps Love poster

Peter Chan's musical is a prime example of classic and modern influences reinforcing each other. The musical numbers mimic the heydays of Hollywood musicals, but the romance, the editing and Peter Pau's cinematography lift the film way above its peers. Easily one of the best musicals I've seen so far.

Three

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim, Nonzee Nimibutr
Also known as
San Geng
Specifics
2002 / 140m - Hong Kong
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Three poster

The inoffensive

Leap

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Duo Guan
Specifics
2020 / 135m - China
Genre
Sport
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Leap poster

Peter Chan's latest film is part sports feel-good, part Chinese propaganda. It's a little disappointing to see that's the direction he's been going in lately, then again he's hardly the only director who has chosen this path. For what it's worth though, considering the sentimental mess Leap could've been, it's not all that bad.

The film focuses on China's women volleyball team, more particularly the role Lang Ping played in its success. From being one of the players that brought them their first international success, to ending up coaching them back to former glory years later, Leap picks out the key moments in Ping's career.

Li Gong plays is a surprising choice for the lead, but she does a commendable job. The games are pretty exciting and Chan doesn't always go with the most obvious choices, but the film's underlying motives are a little too obvious and 2 hours is quite long, even though there's quite a lot of ground to cover. It's certainly not as bad as it could've been, but Peter Chan can do so much better.

Dearest

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Qin Ai De
Specifics
2014 / 128m - China
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Dearest poster

American Dreams in China

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Zhong Guo He Huo Ren
Specifics
2013 / 112m - China
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
American Dreams in China 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
2003 / 70m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
1:99 Shorts poster

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.

Worthy but flawed

Comrades: Almost a Love Story

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Tian Mi Mi
Specifics
1996 / 118m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Comrades: Almost a Love Story poster

Tom, Dick and Hairy

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Chi-Ngai Lee
Also known as
Feng Chen San Xia
Specifics
1993 / 99m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Tom, Dick and Hairy poster

Not quite as good as the cast & crew may suggest. With 2 Tony Leungs in front of the camera and Peter Chan helming the film, my expectations were just a little higher, but in the end this is a decent romantic comedy with some proper laughs and passable drama. It's clearly filler material, but it's really not that bad.

Dubious filler

He's a Woman, She's a Man

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Chi Lee
Also known as
Gam Chi Yuk Sip
Specifics
1994 / 107m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
He's a Woman, She's a Man poster

Plain forgettable

Who's the Woman, Who's the Man?

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Gum Gee Yuk Yip 2
Specifics
1997 / 107m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Who's the Woman, Who's the Man? poster

He Ain't Heavy... He's My Father

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Xin Nan Xiong Nan Di
Specifics
1993 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
He Ain't Heavy... He's My Father poster

Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye

by Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Seung Sing Gusi 
Specifics
1991 / 106m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye poster

Big nopes

Venice 70: Future Reloaded

by Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German, Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abbas Kiarostami, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia, Ki-duk Kim, Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
2013 / 120m - USA
Genre
Documentary
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Venice 70: Future Reloaded poster