Stanley Kwan Kam-Pang

Stanley Kwan

Highest Rated: 67% Lan Yu (2001)

Lowest Rated: 67% Lan Yu (2001)

Birthday: Oct 09, 1957

Birthplace: Hong Kong

At first glance, Stanley Kwan would seem to be working in the tradition of Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli and R.W. Fassbinder--bold visual stylists utilizing yet transcending the conventions of screen melodrama to achieve their more serious artistic goals. Kwan differs from his predecessors in that he eschews irony in favor of sincere romance. Whereas they made emotionally intense films with lurid colors and big emotions, Kwan has created a more serene and modest film universe that is equally gorgeous and reflexive. His "Rouge" (1988) and "The Actress/Center Stage" (1991) are explicitly concerned with the movies and the lost past they evoke. Kwan's films are particularly unusual in the context of a national cinema prized by cultish Westerners for their crazy energy and over-the-top situations. Many of the kids who cheer at Jackie Chan and groove to John Woo are nonplused by these "women's pictures." More sophisticated cineastes have pointed to Kwan and Wong Kar-wai as two of the few original film artists working in the commercial Hong Kong film industry. (They also share a favored cinematographer in Christopher Doyle.) Instead of stunts and gunfights, Kwan's films serve up both beautiful people and sumptuous mise-en-scene. Michael Atkinson has written (in FILM COMMENT, May/June 1996), "... His images are deep, precise, and warm, jam-packed with mirrors, scrims, doorways, and burnished tchotchkes."

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No Score Yet No Score Yet First Night Nerves Director - 2018
No Score Yet 22% New York, New York Producer $78.2K 2016
No Score Yet 61% So Young Producer - 2013
No Score Yet 59% Miao Miao Executive Producer - 2008
No Score Yet 24% Night Corridor Producer - 2003
No Score Yet 34% The Floating Landscape Producer - 2003
67% 83% Lan Yu Director $116.2K 2001
No Score Yet 10% Love Will Tear Us Apart Producer - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Accident Executive Producer - 1999
No Score Yet 25% Hold You Tight Director - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Is Not a Game, but a Joke Producer - 1997
No Score Yet 83% Yang & Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Rose White Rose Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ah-Ying Producer - 1993
No Score Yet 86% Center Stage Director - 1992
No Score Yet 59% Full Moon in New York Director - 1989
No Score Yet 87% Rouge Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women Director - 1985

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