Benny Chan is the median of Hong Kong action cinema. He never really excels, but if you need quality genre filler he has some of the better films on offer. It's a small miracle that (like many of his peers) he never attempted to make the jump to Hollywood, then again that's probably for the best. The closest Chan ever got to Hollywood was when he directed Connected, a remake of Cellular.
Chan is somewhat of a film series man. He started the A Moment of Romance series (first two parts), made Gen-X and Gen-Y Cops and took over the Police Story series from Jacky Chan. He's worked with many of the greats of modern Hong Kong cinema (Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Jacky Chan, Nicolas Tse and Shawn Yue, to name a few) and considering the popularity of his films I don't think he's ever had to worry about working on a shoe-string budget. The mainstream character of his films also has a downside though. They never really differ from the norm and they tend to blend in with the millions of other Hong Kong action films out there.
Still, if you're yearning for a good action flick and you're running out of established masterpieces, Benny Chan's films are a pretty good option. Solid is the keyword here.
Best film: Bo Chi Tung Wah (Connected) (3.5*)
Worst film: Tian Ruo You Qing (A Moment of Romance) (2.0*)
Average rating: 2.79 (out of 5)