Hong Kong has produced critically acclaimed and award-winning films, such as the work of directors like Peter Chan, Teddy Chen and John Woo. Chan's "The Warlords" won in the categories of best film, best director, best actor and best cinematography in the 2008 Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA). "A Better Tomorrow," directed by John Woo and released in 1986, played a significant role in establishing Hong Kong cinema and was ranked second in the HKFA "100 Best Chinese Motion Pictures" list.
Set during China's Taiping Rebellion during the 1860s, "The Warlords" is an epic production that combines themes of comradeship, romance, conflict, heroism and tragedy. The film followed the director's previous work on the critically acclaimed dramas "Perhaps Love," "Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye" and "The Love Letter."
John Woo's "A Better Tomorrow" is a Hong Kong crime drama that was produced on a tight budget, but it went on to become to become a box office success in Asian countries and broke ticket sales records in Hong Kong. The film spawned remakes, a sequel and a prequel.
Teddy Chen's "Bodyguards and Assassins" is a period film set in Hong Kong when it was still a British colony during the early 1900s. The film won in the categories of best film, director, supporting actor and cinematography at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards.