In the wake of the tragic on-set death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones, a cry for safer working conditions rang out through Hollywood. Now a death in Hong Kong could incite a similar revolution overseas.
The South China Morning Post relays news of the tragic drowning death of 51-year-old Chan Kwok-hung, the cinematographer of the upcoming Jackie Chan vehicle Skiptrace. As the film’s crew was shooting off Lantau Island in Hong Kong earlier today, the boat they were on capsized. Being 100 feet from shore, seven of the crewmembers made it to safety without noted injuries. Kwok-hung was found unconscious, but was later pronounced dead at North Lantau Hospital.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. At this time, it’s unknown which (if any) on-screen talent was onboard when the ship capsized, though SCMP notes Jackie Chan was not believed to have been present.
Chairman of the Movie Production Executives Association, Tenky Tin Kai-man revealed, “We had a discussion of whether we should revamp our safety guidelines earlier this year, but this accident happened before our revamp.” While revisions to safety guidelines in the area may be too late for Kwok-hung, the chairman promised that his association will be spearheading a relief fund for the cinematographer’s family.
Kwok-hung was the director of photography on such films as the rom-com Summer Holiday, the crime drama Color Of Pain, and the cop drama Invisible Target.
Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin and co-starring Johnny Knoxville and Fan Bingbing, is expected to open in China in December of 2015.