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Asian Filmmaker of the Year Ann Hui: A Critical Appreciation

3 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ann Hui first came to international prominence in the early ’80s with “Boat People,” an intensely harrowing drama about the horrors of life under communism in post-liberation Vietnam. Screened as a surprise entry at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival (after being pulled from competition by order of the French government), the picture sparked immediate controversy and was angrily dismissed in some quarters as a work of Chinese-backed propaganda. The debate grew so fierce that Hui felt spurred to insist, not for the last time, that she was an ideologically neutral filmmaker, and that “Boat People,” whatever else it might be, was above all an appeal to the personal over the political.

It’s hard not to wonder if the next 30 years or so of Hui’s remarkably varied career have been a sort of collective response to that provocative milestone, born of some private determination that she would never again allow »

- Justin Chang

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Ann Hui: Asian Filmmaker of the Year Quietly Built Hefty Resume

3 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ann Hui is a quiet, unflashy type whose merits — honesty, diversity and lack of pre-conceptions — are the kind of humane, long-lasting values that rise to the surface over time, rather than in a bubble of manufactured PR.

She receives the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award from the Busan Intl. Film Festival. That is an award that in previous years has gone to giants of the Asian scene including Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Yash Chopra.

Hui receives the award having recently made one of her most commercially successful films, “A Simple Life,” and one of her biggest-budget, “The Golden Era,” which premiered last month as the closing film of the Venice festival.

A leader of the Hong Kong New Wave in the 1980s, Hui is arguably closer to the diversity and humanity of Hong Kong than any of the big-name men: John Woo, Wong Kar Wai, Johnnie To or Tsui Hark. »

- Patrick Frater

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Ann Hui to Receive Busan Festival Award

3 August 2014 9:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Hong Kong-director Ann Hui will receive the Busan Festival’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award.

Her latest work “The Golden Era,” which is also set as the closing film of the Venice festival, will be given a gala screening in Busan.

The festival, which presents the award annually to an individual who has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture said that the award acknowledged Hui’s “contribution to Asian cinema, and … [the] spirit that produced outstanding works of the generation.”

Hui was among the leaders of Hong Kong’s ‘New Wave movement’ and pioneered the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. She is particularly skilled in portraying the joys and sorrows of the lower and middle class in Hong Kong, and lives of women through varied film genres.

Her films include “Love in a Fallen City” (1984), “Eighteen Springs” (1997), “Visible Secret” (2001) and »

- Patrick Frater

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