Shi, Nan-sun – Critical Biography Top
Nansun Shi began working in the film industry during the period of the Hong Kong New Wave. She got her start in television, and was working behind-the-scenes beginning in 1975, although she decided early on that she was better suited to working as a producer rather than a director. Through director Tsui Hark, Shi made the acquaintance of Karl Maka, Dean Shek, and Eric Tsang, founders of the new production company Cinema City. Shi was hired to work at Cinema City in 1978, and eventually became responsible for the company’s administration as well as the distribution of its films. For many years, Shi was married to Tsui Hark, with whom she also maintained a working relationship as the producer of many of his films. She was a founding partner of Tsui’s own production company, Film Workshop, although Shi also left Film Workshop briefly to work at Media Asia group. Shi has remained active as a producer in recent years. Since 1997, she has served as producer/executive producer on such Tsui Hark films as the Van Damme Hollywood features Double Team (1997) and Knock Off (1998), the horror/romance film Missing (2008), and such period epics as Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010), Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011), and Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013). In recent years, she has also served as producer or executive producer on the work of young female filmmakers such as Flora Lau (Bends, 2013) and Vincci Cheuk (Temporary Family, 2013). At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Shi served as a member of the jury for the international competition, and as the President of the International Jury of Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2013, she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Consul general of France in Hong Kong and Macau. It was announced in 2014 that Shi would receive the Best Independent Producer Award at the 67th Locarno Film Festival.
|Role||Title (English)||Title (Chinese)||Year|
|Producer||Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings||狄仁傑之四大天王||2018|
|Producer||The Thousand Faces of Dunjia||奇門遁甲||2017|
|Producer||In the Room||無限春光27||2016|
|Producer||A Tale of Three Cities||三城記||2015|
|Co-producer with Kong Chi-keung Bill, Yu Ching Winnie and Ho Wan-ming Ivy||Temporary Family||失戀急讓||2014|
|Co-producer with Tsui Hark and Chen Kuo-fu||Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon||狄仁傑之神都龍王||2013|
|Co-producer with Lee Yan-lam Roger, Hui On-wah Ann, Chan Pooi-wa Jessica,
Cheung Hong-tat Stephen and Lam Bing-kwan
|A Simple Life||桃姐||2011|
|Co-producer with Tsui Hark and Jeffrey Chan||Flying Swords of Dragon Gate||龍門飛甲||2011|
|Co-producer with Pang Ho-cheung Edmond and Buddy Marini||Late Autumn||晚鞦||2010|
|Co-producer with Tsui Hark and Peggy Lee||Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame||通天神探狄仁傑||2010|
|Co-producer with Tsui Hark, Huang Jian-xin and Lee Ching Elvis||All About Women||女人不壞||2008|
|Co-producer with Donnie Yen Ji-dan, Shan Dong-bing, Liu Li-juan and Zhang Zhao||Flash Point||導火線||2007|
|Co-producer with Raymond Wong Pak-ming Raymond, Xu Peng-le and Don Yu-dong||Dragon Tiger Gate||龍虎門||2006|
|Co-producer with Tsui Hark||Time and Tide||順流逆流||2000|
|Co-producer with Cheung Chi-leung Jacob and Sham Kin-fun John||The Kid||流星語||1999|
|Producer||Knock Off||KO 雷霆一擊||1998|
|Co-producer with Moshe Diamant||Double Team||殖民地||1997|
Asia Pacific Screen Academy – Hong Kong Producer Nansun Shi to head the APSA 2011 International Jury
Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau – Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi was made officer in the order of Arts and Letters
Festival de Cannes – Interview with Nansun Shi
Hong Kong Cinemagic – CINEMA DEBUTS AND CINEMA CITY
Hong Kong Tatler – A Conversation with Nansun Shi
SCMP – Nansun Shi: ‘It’s not about inferiority or superiority – it’s about how good you are at what you do’
– Nansun Shi (施南生) reflects, 25 years on (video interview on YouTube)
The Cannes Report – Cannes juror Nansun Shi: ‘There has been very healthy debate’
The Hollywood Reporter – Nansun Shi seeks stars for new generation
Festival de Cannes – Nansun SHI
Hong Kong Movie Database – Nansun Shi Nan-Sheng
IMDB – Nansun Shi
West Kowloon – Ms Nansun SHI
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- Chan, Cindy S. C. Chan, “Housekeeper of Hong Kong Cinema: The Role of Producer in the System of Hong Kong Film Industry.” Wide Screen, Vol. 2 Issue 2, 2010. Web. 28 February 2015. <http://widescreenjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/24/27>.
- Chan, Cindy S.C. “Interview with Nansun Shi.” Oral History Project. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Film Archive, 2002. Print.
- Coonan, Clifford. “Leading Lights of H.K. Biz.(V Plus: Hong Kong Filmart)(Hong Kong Intl. Film and Television Market)(Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jackie Chan, Albert Lee, Nansun Shi and Ann Hui).” Variety 426.6 (2012): 12. Print.