Zhang Yimou To Be Honored at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

23 REP INTERNATIONAL Zhang Yimou and Christian Bale
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Christian Bale (right) spent eight weeks working on location in Nanjing, China, with director Zhang Yimou. 

The "Flowers of War" director will receive the Outstanding Achievement In Film prize.

SYDNEY -- Chinese producer and director Zhang Yimou has been named as the winner of the 2011 FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia-Pacific region, to be awarded at this month's Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Zhang’s latest feature, Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale, this week secured a U.S. distribution deal with Wrekin Hill. It is set for a December release in China and is considered one of the most ambitious films ever made in China

The film is also China’s official entry into the best foreign language feature category at the 84th Academy Awards.

The FIAPF Award aims to celebrate iconic professional and artistic careers in film production in the Asia-Pacific region.

“In addition to his amazing creative contribution to the world of cinematography and film directing, FIAPF wishes to place emphasis on Zhang Yimou’s outstanding role for increasing circulation and awareness of Chinese film production outside its national borders. I thank the Chinese Film Producers Association and its leaders for their strong support in accompanying FIAPF's will to celebrate the dynamism of Chinese film through the granting of the 2011 FIAPF Award to Zhang Yimou at the coming Asia Pacific Screen Awards." FIAPF president, Luis Alberto Scalella said.

As the recipient of the FIAPF Award, Zhang Yimou will be inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, joining fellow Fifth Generation Chinese filmmakers Tian Zhuangzhuang and Chen Kaige.