CineAsia honor roll
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This year's CineAsia honorees represent the best and brightest in the vibrant Asian film sector.
Star of the Year: Zhou Xun
-- Jonathan Landreth
Exhibitor of the Year: Irving Chee, Golden Screen Cinemas
-- Patrick Frater
Distributor of the Year: Sunder Kimatrai, 20th Century Fox International
Born in India and educated in Arizona, Kimatrai cut his teeth in the film business by managing India and Australia for Fox before having his remit expanded to include the Asia Pacific. "If you look at the success and consistency of Fox's releases, Sunder has managed to deliver uniformity and he's done it well," says Stephen Basil-Jones, chair of the Motion Pictures Distributors Association of Australia. Kimatrai's CineAsia honor may be even more well deserved in January following the multiterritory, multilanguage and multiformat release of "Avatar" in the space of several weeks in markets as diverse as Pakistan, Australia, Mongolia and Japan. Even this "smart and considered" executive acknowledges that it's the most complex and challenging release he's ever handled.
-- Pip Bulbeck
Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award: Raymond Wong, producer
Veteran producer Wong was once told jokingly by a Chinese film industry insider that 95% of the movie audience in China watches pirated DVDs. Nevertheless, Chinese boxoffice grosses have risen to hundred of millions, due in no small part to Wong producing one-two punches like "Ip Man" last Christmas and "All's Well That Ends Well 2009" during the Chinese New Year. The studio head and astute businessman who co-founded 1980s powerhouse Cinema City, Mandarin Films and now Pegasus Films is adamant to fight film piracy in China apart from focusing his energy on producing the follow-ups, "Ip Man 2" and "All's Well That Ends Well Too 2010."
-- Karen Chu
Producer of the Year: Peter Lam, chairman, Media Asia Group
-- Karen Chu