CineAsia to Honor 'Aftershock' Director Feng
China Box Office Topper to Be Named "Filmmaker of the Decade"
BEIJING -- Feng Xiaogang will be honored as Filmmaker of the Decade by the annual CineAsia trade show, whose managing director, Robert Sunshine, will fete the Chinese director on Dec. 9 in Hong Kong, at the closing night ceremony of the three-day movie business convention.
Feng, whose current Huayi Brothers Media hit Aftershock, about the devastating 1976 Tangshan earthquake, is the top-grossing domestic film of all time, grossing 660 million yuan ($100 million) at the Chinese box office, and is the first Chinese director to gross more than $1 billion in ticket sales.
“It is a great honor for CineAsia to be able to single out the achievements of director Feng Xiaogang by presenting him with the ‘Filmmaker of the Decade Award’ at this year’s event,” which runs from Dec. 7-9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Sunshine said in a statement from New York on Thurs.
Feng’s films, made with the backing of Beijing-based Huayi, China’s only major-publicly listed film studio, have topped the domestic box office since his 1994 debut, Farewell My Love. His 2003 film Cell Phone went beyond simple entertainment, providing a “subtle critique of today’s society, leaving the audiences a great deal to consider and reflect upon,” Sunshine said.
Feng’s realistic depiction of brutal Korean War battle scenes in his 2007 film Assembly won the film the Best Asian Picture award at the 28th annual Hong Kong Film Awards. His 2008 romantic comedy If You Are the One earned grossed 325 million yuan, which broke China’s box office record at the time.
CineAsia 2010 will feature screenings of upcoming Asian and major Hollywood films and industry seminars and the CineAsia Trade Show. CineAsia is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of The Hollywood Reporter.