In Memoriam: Benny Chan (1961-2020)
Reports are coming in that filmmaker Benny Chan has passed away due to nasopharyngeal cancer at the age of 58.
According to details at Dimsum Daily, Chan was diagnosed during production on his latest film, Raging Fire, starring Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse. Principal photography wrapped last year, with post-production handed to Kenji Tanigaki who comes off his own directorial debut with Yen in Enter The Fat Dragon as of earlier this year.
Tanigaki took to Twitter to confirm the news, along with a summer release in 2021.
R.I.P. 陳導演🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/4ySHSt4ibg
— 谷垣健治 (@KenjiTanigaki) August 23, 2020
Chan was fluent in English, as well as Cantonese and Mandarin. On top of scoring “Best Director” at the 24th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards for his 2005 Jackie Chan/Nicholas Tse actioner, New Police Story, the filmmaker was also known for shepherding many of the Hong Kong action hits fans know and love to this day, namely Jackie Chan’s Who Am I? and Rob-B-Hood, with actor Tse on Gen-X Cops, Invisible Target and Shaolin, Louis Koo actioner The White Storm, and Call Of Heroes with Eddie Peng and Sean Lau.
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