Tsui Hark to Be Honored as Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the Busan International Film Festival
The helmer launched the career of Jet Li and was a pioneer of using special effects with martial arts.
HONG KONG – Director Tsui Hark will be honored as “Asian Filmmaker of the Year” by the 16th Busan International Film Festival for his contribution to the advancement of Asian cinema.
BIFF celebrates Tsui’s career of over three decades and praises Tsui’s achievement in bringing Hong Kong films to the international market, rewriting the history of Hong Kong films, and for contributing to the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema. Tsui came into prominence in the 1980s after establishing his name as one of the pioneers of the Hong Kong New Wave with The Butterfly Murders (1979) and Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980). He ushered in special effects era in Hong Kong cinema with his producing effort Warriors From the Magic Mountain (1982) and revived the martial arts genre with A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) and Once Upon a Time in China (1990). Tsui will next demonstrate his innovation in his first foray into 3D filmmaking with The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, scheduled for release in December.
Previous honorees of the BIFF Asian Filmmaker of the Year award includes Hou Hsiao-hsien, the late Edward Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang of Taiwan, Andy Lau of Hong Kong, and Yash Chopra of India.
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