Tsai named Asian Filmmaker of the Year

PIFF to laud Taiwan director during October festival

SEOUL -- Taiwan film director Tsai Ming Liang has been named as the winner of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award by the Pusan International Film Festival, festival organizers announced Wednesday.

Known for his unique style of screenplay, Tsai has challenged the Asian art film industry. During his career, he sought new ways of communicating with his audience by presenting films that border between fine art and film through films including "Vivre L'Amour" and "The River."

Tsai also collaborated with museums and featured installations that redefined the definition of cinema.

"His 30-year of devotion to filmmaking has greatly influenced Asian Cinema and made considerable contributions to enhance the global status of Asian Cinema," festival organizers said in a statement.

Previous winners of the Asian Filmmaker award include Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Andy Lau and Yash Chopra.
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