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Nyaff top brass unveil additional honourees

19 June 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As previously announced, Thailand’s Chutimon ‘Aokbab’ Chuengcharoensukying will receive Screen International Rising Star Award.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced on Monday the updated roster of honourees at the upcoming 16th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff).

China’s Duan Yihong and South Korea’s Gang Dong-won will receive the Star Asia Award, South Korea’s Jung Byung-gil will collect the Daniel E. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema, and Eric Tsang will receive the Star Hong Kong Lifetime Achievement Award.

As previously announced, Thailand’s Chutimon ‘Aokbab’ Chuengcharoensukying will receive the Screen International Rising Star Award and stars in opening night selection Bad Genius.

Duan Yihong will receive his Star Asia Award on July 1 in recognition of his entire body of work and will be presented before screenings of Extraordinary Mission and Battle Of Memories.

This is the first time a Star Asia Award has been presented to an actor »

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'The Villainess' to close New York Asian Film Festival

5 June 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Centerpiece Gala is North American premiere of Filipino thriller Birdshot.

The Us premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s revenge thriller and recent Cannes Midnight screening The Villainess will close the 16th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), set to run from June 30-July 16.

Festival brass unveiled on Monday the selection of 57 films including seven entries in the new Main Competition: previously announced festival opener Bad Genius (Thailand, pictured); Birdshot (Philippines); A Double Life (Japan); The Gangster’s Daughter (Taiwan); Kfc (Vietnam); Jane (South Korea); and With Prisoners (Hong Kong).

The Centerpiece Gala is the North American premiere of Filipino thriller Birdshot.

The festival programme includes a 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Panorama with a focus on emerging talent called Young Blood Hong Kong. Selections include Wong Chun’s Mad World, Derek Hui’s This Is Not What I Expected, and Alan Lo’s Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight.

An Lgbtq showcase features five films: Naoko Ogigami’s Close-Knit from Japan »

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Handover Hangover: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Faces an Uncertain Future

17 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When China took over Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain in 1997, the former British colony was promised “50 years unchanged” under the framework of “one country, two systems.”

Twenty years on, a lot has changed, including Hong Kong cinema.

At the turn of the 20th anniversary of the handover, Hong Kong cinema is at a crossroad. Filmmakers are facing questions concerning the future of the city’s film industry, which was once known to the world as “Hollywood East.”

“We must think about how Hong Kong cinema should position itself in order to find our way to the future,” says Wong Chun, the 28-year-old director of Hong Kong drama “Mad World,” which won the new director prize at last year’s Golden Horse Film awards in Taiwan and Hong Kong Film Awards this year. “What is our strength, as compared to films from other Asian countries? It’s time to reflect on this. »

- Vivienne Chow

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‘Close-Knit’ Wins Top Prize at Udine Far East Fest

30 April 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Japanese director Ogigami Naoko’s tender drama “Close-Knit” in which a transgender woman becomes a mother figure to a young girl won the Audience Award, the top prize, at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, which is Europe’s biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema.

South Korean director Choi Kook-hee’s offbeat bowling thriller “Split” came in second in the audience vote at the nine-day fest which wrapped its 19th edition April 29.

Prior to scooping top Udine honors “Close Knit” had premiered in February in the Panorama section of Berlin fest where Variety critic Guy Lodge praised the pic as a “sweet-souled celebration of alternative family structures,” noting that it “further demonstrates the growing prominence and broader acceptance of transgender narratives in the arthouse.” “Knit” also scooped Udine’s Black Dragon Award decided by special pass holders.

“Split,” in which a washed-up former bowling champ »

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'My Happy Family', 'Newton' win top awards at Hkiff

24 April 2017 12:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tala Hadid, Wong Chun also win prizes at Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Georgian filmmakers Nana and Simon’s My Happy Family won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) on Sunday night, while Amit V. Masurkar’s Newton took the Jury Prize. 

My Happy Family follows a middle-aged woman who decides to move out of the family home, while Newton, which premiered in Berlin, revolves around an election polling booth in Naxalite territory in the Indian jungle. Nana and Simon previously won Hkiff’s Firebird Award for In Bloom in 2013.

The Young Cinema Competition jury was headed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland and also included former Toronto International Film Festival programmer Colin Geddes, Le Monde’s Thomas Sotinel and Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong.

In the Documentary Competition, Tala Hadid’s Morocco-set House In The Fields won the Firebird Award, while Ma Li’s »

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Scm scoops rights to 'Trivisa', other Hkfa winners

12 April 2017 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox Networks channel swoops on six films that won prizes at Hong Kong Film Awards.

Fox Networks Group Asia (Fnga)’s Scm channel has acquired exclusive rights to crime thriller Trivisa and a slew of other films that won prizes at last week’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

Produced by Johnnie To and directed by three up-and-coming talents, Trivisa walked away with best film, best director (Jevons Au, Frank Hui & Vicky Wong), best actor (Lam Ka Tung), best screenplay and best editing at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night (April 9).

Scm also acquired exclusive rights to Wong Chun’s Mad World, which picked up three awards including best new director; Andy Lo’s Happiness (best actress for Kara Wai); Zhang Jiajia’s See You Tomorrow (best cinematography and art direction); and Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2 (best visual effects and make-up & costume design).

The channel also acquired Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong’s Godspeed »

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'Trivisa', 'Mad World' score at Hong Kong Film Awards

10 April 2017 1:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Trivisa scoops five awards including best film, while Mad World takes best new ditrector prize.Scroll Down For Full List Of Winners

Hong Kong’s new wave of filmmakers scored big at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, where films from first-time directors walked off with most of the major prizes.

Johnnie To-produced crime drama Trivisa (pictured) was the big winner of the night, scooping five awards including best film and best director for its three first-time co-directors - Jevons Au, Frank Hui and Vicky Wong. The film, about a trio of notorious gangsters, also won best actor for Gordon Lam’s performance, best screenplay and best editing.

Wong Chun’s Mad World, also a first-time effort, picked up three awards, including best new director, best supporting actor for Eric Tsang’s performance and best supporting actress for Elaine Jin. The film tells the story of a former stockbroker living with his father (Tsang »

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Indies ‘Trivisa’ and ‘Mad World’ Triumph at Hong Kong Film Awards

9 April 2017 8:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent films dominated proceedings at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday. But political sensitivities meant that the ceremony was not fully screened on TV in mainland China.

Trivisa,” an independent, low-budget drama set at the time of the territory’s handover to China, took five prizes, including the best film award. It was followed by another indie “Mad World,” with three trophies.

“Trivisa,” produced by Johnnie To, collected the directing award for the ensemble of Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong, best actor of Gordon Lam, best screenplay and best editing. “Mad World,” which tackles the issue of mental illness, earned best supporting actor and actress prizes for Eric Tsang and Taiwan’s Elaine Jin, respectively, and the best new director award for Wong Chun.

For the second year in a row, television coverage of the event was not carried live and in its entirety. Live updates of »

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Trivisa Wins Big at Hong Kong Film Awards

9 April 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

  Multi-stranded crime drama Trivisa was the big winner at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards tonight, bagging five gongs including Best Film, Best Actor for Gordon Lam and Best Director for the trio Jevons Au, Frank Hui and Vicky Wong. The film also won Best Screenplay and Best Editing.   Wong Chun was named Best New Director for Mad World, which also won awards for Eric Tsang and Elaine Jin in the Best Supporting categories, while Kara Hui gave a passionate, heartfelt acceptance speech after winning the Best Actress award for Happiness.    Elsewhere, Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2 won for Visual Effects and Costume Design & Make Up, the Wong Kar Wai scripted See You Tomorrow won for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography,...

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Do Young Generation Awards Contenders Hail a Hong Kong New Wave?

6 April 2017 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Young filmmakers are poised to steal the show at the Hong Kong Film Awards. At the ceremony this weekend they go head to head with some of the city’s biggest names for many of the top awards, suggesting the possibility of a long-awaited second wave of Hong Kong cinema.

All eyes are on films such as “Mad World,” “Trivisa,” and “Weeds on Fire” with young directing talents. They compete against Stephen Chow’s Hong Kong-mainland blockbuster “The Mermaid” and crime thriller “Cold War II” in the best film category.

They go into the ceremony having already picked up significant kudos. “Mad World” by first time director Wong Chun, recently won the Osaka Asian Film Festival and went on commercial release in Hong Kong last week, to predominantly positive reviews.

“Trivisa” won two prizes at the Golden Horse Awards in October and was a nominee for best film. Its three directors Frank Hui, »

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Hong Kong’s ‘Mad World’ Wins Osaka Asian Film Festival

12 March 2017 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong’s “Mad World” won the Grand Prix at the 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival.

The festival is a rising showcase for indie talent in the Asian region. Prizes were announced Saturday. The festival wrapped on Sunday in Osaka.

Mad World,” is director Wong Chun’s drama about a truck driver father caring for his bipolar-disorder-afflicted adult son. The film’s production was supported by the Hong Kong government’s First Feature Film Initiative (Fffi) for new talent.

Among other prizes were most promising talent award, given to Hong Kong actress Fish Liew for her turn in Christy Choi’s female friendship drama “Sisterhood,” and a special mention for Anocha Suwichakornpong’s multilayered drama “By the Time It Gets Dark.”

Hong Kong cinema was also celebrated at an Oaff event on March 10. A total of six Hong Kong films were screened at the festival, including five in competition.

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Filmart: Chapman To’s 'The Empty Hands' gets international sales deal

12 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Martial arts drama has been picked up by Hong Kong outfit Golden Scene.

Hong Kong’s Golden Scene has picked up international rights to martial arts drama The Empty Hands, directed by and starring Chapman To [pictured].

Produced by To and Tang Wai But, the film tells the story of a young girl whose only wish is to sell her father’s karate dojo when he dies, but discovers that 51% of the business was left to one of his worst pupils.

Currently in post-production, the film is scripted by To and Erica Li. To also stars with Stephy Tang, Yasuaki Kurata and Stephen Au.

Golden Scene is also selling Amos Why’s second feature, Napping Kid, basedon Mann Shin’s novel about the kidnapping of a confidential computer file. Currently in post-production, the film stars Cecilia So, Ng Siu Hin, David Siu and Candy Cheung.

Other titles on Golden Scene’s Filmart slate include Wong Chun’s award-winning »

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Osaka 2017: Wong Chun's Mad World Takes Top Prize

12 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Director Wong Chun’s debut feature Mad World has been awarded the top prize at Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017. The daring indie drama, which stars Eric Tsang and Shawn Yue, tackles issues of mental illness and the pressures of city life while exploring the relationship between a father and son. A jury comprised of filmmakers Monster Jimenez and Ho Yuhang and actress Nakanishi Miho offered the prize, stating: “We award Mad World the Grand Prix for its unflinching and sympathetic view of a neglected reality. It is harsh but tender, tragic but hopeful. The film is an act of love." Other winners included Most Promising Talent for Hong Konger Fish Liew for her excellent performance in Tracy Choi’s Sisterhood and the Yakushi Pearl Award for...

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‘Trivisa’ Named Best Film by Hong Kong Critics

16 January 2017 3:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Johnnie To-produced “Trivisa,” a crime thriller with a political edge, was Monday named best film of the year by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The film’s lead actor Gordon Lam Ka-tung earned the title of best actor.

The best director award was bestowed jointly on Stephen Chow and first-time director Wong Chun. The society said after three rounds of debates and voting, Chow’s fantasy comedy “Mermaid” and Wong’s drama “Mad World” earned the same number of votes, and the society decided to give the award to both. “Mad World” also won best screenplay, written by Florence Chan.

“Trivisa”, an intercut of three short films revolving around three of Hong Kong’s most infamous criminals, was directed by a trio of young directors Vicky Wong Wai-kit, Jevons Au and Frank Hui. (Au also directed one of the shorts in dystopian film “Ten Years.”) Lam’s »

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