Movie Talk Series: Copping onto Philip Chan’s 1980s Films

Why We Recommend it

Hosted by the Hong Kong Film Archive, this mini tribute is an opportunity to meet veteran filmmaker Philip Chan, and to see four of his movies on the big screen.


Since 2013, The Hong Kong Film Archive has been organising their “Movie Talk Series” movie screenings followed by intimate seminars with acclaimed local filmmakers. The objective of these talks is to offer audiences a deeper understanding of the trajectory of a film and its sources of inspiration.

This year’s first guest is Philip Chan (b. 1945), a policeman-turned-actor, screenwriter, director and producer. The four films that will be screened are all hand-picked together with Chan himself, and were scripted and/or directed by him.

The weekend-long programme will feature the semi-autobiographical indie romance, Charlie’s Bubble (1981); Long Arm of the Law (1984), a crime thriller on mainlanders who sneak into Hong Kong to rob a jewellery store; The Night Caller (1985), a police procedural film in which Chan pulls a triple play as a director, scriptwriter and actor; and police comedy Mr Boo VIII Chocolate Inspector (1986). Each screening will be followed by a dialogue between Chan and one of the film’s actors.

All films will be screened with both English and Chinese subtitles.



When: 27 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018 Where: Hong Kong Film Archive Cinema – 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho – Eastern District