12-25-2006 09:01

Famed director of romances, Peter Chan, now ventures into the Kung Fu arena in his film "The Blood Brothers". Top actors and a 30 million US dollar budget have caught the media's eye. Yet they doubt he can make much of an impression in such unfamiliar territory.

"The Blood Brothers" is based on a famous criminal case in The Qing dynasty. A man kills a long-time friend to claim his wife. Then the victim's brother seeks vengeance, murdering the murderer and delivering himself to the police. A Hong Kong director brought it to the screen 30 years ago. But the new rendition puts more attention on the three men's relationships. When Peter Chan was asked why he changed to a martial arts format, he said "The Blood Brothers", though not a Kung fu flick at its heart, has some elements containing the martial arts.

Peter Chan said:"Actually 20 years ago, after watching John Woo's "A Better Tomorrow", I made a wish to one day do a film representing men's affections. Since then I've been making romance movies. And now I've finally gotten the chance to tell this story. There's already seven or eight versions but I hope mine holds the most humanity."

Chan's first job came as assistant to John Woo in the 1986 film "A Better Tomorrow". Afterwards, while still only 19 years old, he directed his first movie, "Alan and Eric Between Hello and Goodbye". At the beginning of 1990, Peter established the UFO film company, and produced a series of successful films including "Tom, Dick and Hairy","He is Woman, She is Man" and "Comrades: Almost a Love Story".