Beloved Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat will be honoured with the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 2023 Busan International Film Festival, which will take place from October 4-13. To celebrate his work, three of Chow’s films will be screened at the festival: his latest release One More Chance (2023), along with fan favourite A Better Tomorrow (1986), and the Academy Award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
The annual award is a recognition of Chow’s “significant contribution to the advancement of the Asian film industry and culture throughout the year,” said festival organisers, adding that the actor “led the golden era of Hong Kong cinema and cemented his position as the key player of ‘Hong Kong Film Noir’ as a global film genre.
Chow is the second Hong Kong actor to receive the award, after Tony Leung was honoured with it in 2022. Last week, Leung was bestowed with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival, making him the first Chinese actor to achieve this feat.
Later this month, Leung’s Infernal Affairs co-star Andy Lau, will receive the Special Tribute Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Lau will be presented with the award at the World Premiere Gala presentation of his film The Movie Emperor, a Ning Hao directorial.
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