Hong Kong director Benny Chan Muk-sing, whose known works include the 1996 film “Big Bullet” and the 2004 “New Police Story” reboot, passed away on Sunday at 58 years old.
Ailing auteur: Chan has reportedly been suffering from nasopharyngeal cancer (nose cancer), reports Yahoo News.
- Chan was reportedly shooting his film, “Raging Fire” starring Nicholas Tse and Donnie Yen last year, when he felt ill.
- The filmmaker soon found out he had nose cancer after undergoing a physical examination.
- While he was able to complete filming “Raging Fire,” he had to pass the post-production work to another colleague so he could undergo treatment.
- Chan spent months at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, Hong Kong for his treatment.
- Eventually, he was transferred to Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, where he died.
- Chan is survived by a wife and two children.
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Benny and I first worked on the TV series Kung Fu Master and Fist Of Fury, back in 1995-1997. Benny was the producer and director. I was fortunate to work with him again on our latest film：Raging Fire. 25 years later, he’s still the same positive, strong, happy, inspiring director and friend. I will miss your smile, our creative exchanges and fatherhood stories. You will be greatly missed my friend. RIP #gonetoosoon #bennychan #陈木胜导演
Prolific career: Before becoming a full-fledged filmmaker, Chan began his showbiz career as an assistant director to Johnnie To Kay-Fung in Hong Kong television network TVB.
- After he was promoted as a TV director, he soon branched out to directing, producing and writing scripts for movies.
- Chan would later be known for action films that focus on police and crime.
- He directed, produced and co-written “Big Bullet,” a film that won awards at the 1996 Golden Horse Film Festival and the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards.
- He also directed several collaborations with superstar Jackie Chan, including “New Police Story,” “Who Am I?,” and “Rob-B-Hood.”
Online tribute: Some stars who have worked with the director have taken to social media to remember his contribution to cinema.
- On Instagram, actor-turned-director Stephen Fung called Chan “a strong force behind Hong Kong cinema.”
- Actress Jeana Ho remembered the director for “his hard work, dedication and strengths.”
- According to Donnie Yen, he will miss his friend who has remained “positive, strong, happy, inspiring director and friend” over the years.
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