HK fest to laud Zhang Yimou

Director will receive lifetime achievement award

HONG KONG -- Chinese director Zhang Yimou will be given a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Asian Film Awards in March next year.
 
Zhang, who stunned the world with his choreography of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony, was already one of China's biggest directors, with titles including "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Hero" to his credit.
 
Recently he has proved his versatility with "The Simple Noodle Story," a Chinese remake of the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple," already a huge boxoffice hit in China.
 
"Zhang is one of the most distinguished figures in the Chinese filming industry – a true and unique talent and we are proud to further acknowledge his contribution," said Soo-wei Shaw, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the organizer of the AFA.
 
The fourth AFA will be held in Hong Kong on March 22.
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