Tony Chan

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
This New York-based, Hong Kong-born filmmaker helmed a first feature that strove to transcend the East Asian stereotypes prevalent in Hollywood entertainment. Budgeted at a thrifty $200,000 (payment was deferred to ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1967 in Hong Kong

Filmography

other (10)

I Am Bruce Lee 2012 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Love In Space 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love In Space 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Hot Summer Days 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hot Summer Days 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Combination Platter 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

Combination Platter 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Combination Platter 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Combination Platter 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Kickboxer 1989 (Movie)

Huge Village Man (Actor)

Biography

This New York-based, Hong Kong-born filmmaker helmed a first feature that strove to transcend the East Asian stereotypes prevalent in Hollywood entertainment. Budgeted at a thrifty $200,000 (payment was deferred to cast, crew, and co-producer), "Combination Platter" (1993) was shot in 24 days after hours at the Chan family's restaurant. The enterprising young filmmaker spent a year editing the footage in the kitchen of his parents' Long Island house while spending several days each week doing restaurant work. The final product netted Chan the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, inclusion in the 1993 New Directors/New Films series at NYC's MOMA, and a screening during the prestigious Critics Week at Cannes.

"Combination Platter" is the story of Robert, an illegal immigrant from Hong Kong, trying to make a living and acquire a green card in Flushing, a heavily Asian neighborhood in Queens, New York. He works in a Chinese restaurant staffed by Asians of various backgrounds and frequented by troublesome white Americans. The film offers a flavorful clash of cultures set in an underrepresented movie milieu.

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts

New York , New York 1991
wrote, produced and directed several student films including "To Crack an Egg"; graduated

Milestones

1993

Feature debut (as producer, director, co-writer, co-editor), "Combination Platter"

Moved to the US from Hong Kong with his parents at age 13

Met his future co-writer, Edwin Baker, and cinematographer, Yoshifumi Hosoya, while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC

Worked in his family's Chinese restaurant in Queens, New York

Drew his own comic book stories since his parents rarely let him go to the movies

Bonus Trivia

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"I'd like to be like Spike Lee and make the kind of money he makes." --Tony Chan quoted in "Chan Reaction" by Patrick Phillips, Premiere, September 1993.

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