Asian Film honors to Yamada, Ishii


HONG KONG -- A lifetime achievement award and the Edward Yang new talent award will be presented to Yoji Yamada and Yuya Ishii, respectively, at this year's Asian Film Awards, the Hong Kong International Film Festival announced Wednesday.

Yamada's award coincides with the 40th anniversary of the birth of 'Tora-san' the character he immortalized in his "It's Tough Being a Man" series.

Ishii's feature-film debut "Bare-Assed Japan" took a look at suburban youth in modern day Japan and received strong reviews. His award will be presented by Yang's widow, famed pianist Kaili Peng.

The AFA is organized by the HKIFF society, together with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and is one of the largest film awards ceremonies in Asia.

AFA-nominated films screening at the HKIFF include the Hong Kong premiere of the international version of "The Sun Also Rises"; "Lust, Caution"; "Mad Detective"; "The Home Song Stories"; and "Buddha Collapsed out of Shame."