One of the predominant Chinese filmmakers, Peter Ho-Sun Chan has established himself firmly as a distinguished director/producer whose last 4 films have generated a staggering RMB600 million in China box office alone. In as early as the nineties, Chan already scored a string of critically acclaimed box office hits, including his award-winning directorial debut Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye (1991) and those produced by his own United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) like Tom, Dick & Hairy (1993), He’s a Women, She’s a Man (1994) and Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1997) among which Comrades has won a record 9 Hong Kong Film Awards and was named one of the Ten Best Movies of 1997 by Time Magazine.
In 1998, Chan directed his first Hollywood picture The Love Letter for Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks SKG. In 2000, he established Applause Pictures dedicated to quality co-productions aimed at audiences across Asia. Films produced under the Applause Pictures banner include Jan Dara (2001), One Fine Spring Day (2001), The Eye series (2002, 2004, 2005), Three (2002) and Three…Extremes (2004), Golden Chicken (2002) and Golden Chicken 2 (2003), and McDull, The Alumni (2006).
While the success of The Love Letter has proven Chan as a versatile filmmaker with global appeal, the pan-Asian co-productions modeled by Applause Pictures is widely acknowledged as one of the most visionary establishments and business models in Asian cinema. Under these collaborations, films are enjoying the benefit of reaching out across different territories.
In 2005, foreseeing the ever-growing market in China and its fast expanding audiences, Chan decided to take on the China market with the musical extravagance Perhaps Love (2005), Shot entirely on location in Mainland China, 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 a spectacular RMB300 million in China box office alone, accumulating over US$50 million Asia-wide. It has scored a stunning 8 awards in the Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Nicholas Tse), Best Action Choreography, among others. It also won Best Actor awards for Wang Xueqi in the Asian Film Awards and the HK Film Critics Society Awards, adding up to an impressive 146 awards out of 231 nominations for Chan’s awards track record.
In a recent 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.