Hong Kong Women Filmmakers

Chun, Siu-Jan Janet

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 Chun, Siu-Jan Janet – Critical Biography  Top

Janet Chun

Janet Chun

Janet Chun got her start in the industry working as script supervisor and writer for John Woo on such films as The Killer (1989), Bullet in the Head (1990), and Once a Thief (1991). She went on to earn a reputation as a hard-working and reliable assistant director, and she worked in this capacity for a host of notable features in the 1990s and the 2000s. Credits include collaborations with Derek Yee (C’est la vie, mon chéri, 1993), Gordon Chan (First Option [1996] and Armageddon [1997]), Stanley Tong (The Myth, 2005), Stephen Chow (CJ7, 2008), and Yuen Woo-ping (True Legend, 2010). Chun also worked behind-the-scenes in a number of capacities (planning, costume design, script supervisor), before establishing herself as a capable writer-director of comedies along with her directing partner Chan Hing-Ka, with whom she has directed all of her features with the exception of The Jade and the Pearl (2010).

The Jade and the Pearl (2010)

The Jade and the Pearl (2010)

Her directorial debut in partnership with Chan was La Lingerie (2008), a comedy also co-written by the team and starring Stephy Tang and Janice Man. The pair followed this film with an entry in the gambling comedy genre, Poker King (2009), in which Louis Koo and Lau Ching-wan were pitted against each other as rival gamblers. Their subsequent feature, La Comédie Humaine (2010), relates the comic adventures of a professional killer from mainland China (played by Chapman To) who finds himself being taken care of by a local screenwriter. The film was warmly received by critics, and Chun went on to earn her first credit as sole director on The Jade and the Pearl (2010). Produced in part for local television station TVB, the film was a period romance that has the flavor of a Chinese New Year comedy. Its performance at the box office was modest.

La Lingerie (2008)

La Lingerie (2008)

Chun returned to directing in partnership with Chan Hing-Ka, and their following feature was a Chinese New Year’s comedy with an all-star ensemble cast. All’s Well, Ends Well 2011 (2011), produced by Raymond Wong, proved to be a hit and a sequel followed the subsequent year (All’s Well, Ends Well 2012, 2012). Chun changed directions thereafter and turned towards the mainland and period martial-arts action, co-directing The Four (2012) with Gordon Chan, along with its sequel The Four 2 (2013). Both films were period martial-arts extravaganzas, featuring a cast of Hong Kong and PRC stars, including such performers as Anthony Wong, Deng Chao, and Liu Yifei.

The Four (2012)

The Four (2012)

Filmography   Top

Feature Films:

Role
Title (English)
Title (Chinese)
Year
Co-director with Gordon Chan Ka-seung The Four 3 (Trailer) 四大名捕大結局 2014
Co-director with Gordon Chan Ka-seung The Four, Part 2 (Trailer) 四大名捕 II 2012
Co-director with Gordon Chan Ka-seung The Four (Trailer) 四大名捕 2012
Co-director with Chan Hing-kar All’s Well Ends Well 2012 (Trailer) 八星抱喜 2012
Co-director with Chan Hing-kar
Writer
All’s Well Ends Well 2011 (Trailer) 最強囍事 2011
Assistant director True Legend (Trailer) 蘇乞兒 2010
Director The Jade and the Pearl (Trailer) 翡翠明珠 2010
Co-director with Chan Hing-kar
Writer
La comédie humaine (Trailer) 人間喜劇 2010
Director
Producer
Writer
Poker King (Trailer) 撲克王 2009
Assistant director CJ7 (Trailer) 長江七號 2008
Director
Story
Writer
La lingerie (Trailer) 內衣少女 2008
Assistant director Painted Skin (Trailer) 畫皮 2008
Writer Simply Actors (Trailer) 戲王之王 2007
Assistant director 2 Become 1 天生一對 2006
Assistant director The Myth (Trailer) 神話 2005
Assistant director The Twins Effect II (Trailer) 千機變II之花都大戰 2004
Assistant director 2000 A. D. (Trailer) 公元2000 AD 2000
Assistant director
Writer
When I Look Upon the Stars (Trailer) 天旋地戀 1999
Assistant director Armageddon (Trailer) 天地雄心 1997
Assistant director Task Force (Trailer) 熱血最強 1997
Assistant director Somebody Up There Likes Me 浪漫風暴 1996
Assistant director First Option 飛虎 1996
Assistant director Lost Boys in Wonderland 壞孩子俱樂部 1995
Assistant director Flying Dagger 神經刀與飛天貓 1993
Assistant director C’est La Vie Mon Cheri 新不了情 1993

Reviews   Top

The Four, Part 2 (2012) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-four-2-2013-movie-review/
Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/the-four-ii

The Four (2012)Reviews:

Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/the-four
Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-four-2012-movie-review/
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/four.html
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/detail.php?c=54&desc=F&p=1380&t=the-four-2012_1380
Kung Fu Cinema:
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/review-the-four-2012
Personal Blog – Galactic Pillow:
http://galacticpillow.com/2012/11/09/movie-review-the-four-2012/

All’s Well Ends Well 2012 (2012) Reviews: 

Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/alls-well-ends-well-2012
Film Journal:
http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/reviews/specialty-releases/e3i49daadf028ec3acb25d408116d1513d5
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/alls_well_ends_well_2012.html

All’s Well Ends Well 2011 (2011) Reviews:

Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/alls-well-ends-well-2011
Love HK FIlm:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/alls_well_ends_well_2011.html

True Legend (2010) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/true_legend.html
NJ.com:
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/movies/index.ssf/2011/05/true_legend_review_old-fashioned_kung_fu_fun_is_still_a_guilty_pleasure.html
The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/movies/true-legend-review.html?_r=0
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2010/02/true-legend-review.html

The Jade and the Pearl (2010) Reviews:

Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/the-jade-and-the-pearl
Love HK FIlm:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/jade_and_the_pearl.html

La comédie humaine (2010) Reviews:

HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/la-com%C3%A9die-humaine
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/la_comedie_humaine.html
Time Out Hong Kong:
http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/35382/la-comdie-humaine.html
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2010/07/la-comedie-humaine-review.html

Poker King (2009) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/poker_king.html
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/pokerking/pokerking.html
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2009/10/poker-king-review.html

CJ7 (2008) Reviews: 

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/cj7.html
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/cj7
Hollywood Reporter [1]:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/cj7-126310
Hollywood Reporter [2]:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chow-touts-effects-sci-fi-102517
The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/07/movies/07chow.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2008/film/reviews/cj7-1200536022/

La Lingerie (2007) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/la_lingerie.html

Painted Skin (2008) Reviews:

Asia Film Strike:
http://asianfilmstrike.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/painted-skin-2008-review-2/
Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/painted-skin-2008-movie-review/
Far East Films:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/Painted-Skin-2565.htm
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/painted-skin
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/painted_skin.html
Personal Blog – Galactic Pillow:
http://galacticpillow.com/2008/11/22/movie-review-painted-skin-2008/
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2008/09/review-of-painted-skin.html

Simply Actors (2007) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/simply-actors-2007-movie-review/
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/simply_actors.htm

 2 Bocome 1 (2006) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/2-become-1-2006-movie-review/
Far East Films:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/2-Become-1-2012.htm
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/2_become_1.htm
So Good Reviews:
http://www.sogoodreviews.com/reviews/2become1.htm
The Illuminated Lantern:
http://www.illuminatedlantern.com/cinema/review/archives/2_become_1.php

The Myth (2004) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-myth-2004-movie-review/
Love HK FIlm:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/myth.htm
Qwipster’s Movie Reviews:
http://www.qwipster.net/myth.htm
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2005/12/jackie-chans-the-myth-review.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2005/film/reviews/the-myth-1200521685/

Armageddon (1997) Reviews:

City on Fire:
http://www.cityonfire.com/armageddon-1997/
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/armageddon.htm
The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/11/movies/film-festival-review-armageddon-is-there-a-doctor-in-the-house.html

 

Bibliography   Top

  1. Szeto, Mirana May. “Sinophone Libidinal Economy in the Age of Neoliberalization and Mainlandization: Masculinities in Hong Kong SAR New Wave Cinema.” Sinophone Cinemas. Eds. Audrey Yue, and Olivia Khoo. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 120-146.