The 19th Busan International Film Festival selected Ann Hui to receive the 2014 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is presented to an Asian filmmaker who has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture. This year, in order to acknowledge her contribution to Asian cinema, and to recognize her spirit that produced outstanding works of the generation, Ann Hui was selected.
Ann Hui, one of the great female Asian directors, led the Hong Kong New Wave movement and pioneered the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. Hong Kong’s favorite director, Ann Hui has also become critically acclaimed outside her home base of Hong Kong and China. She is particularly skilled in portraying the joys and sorrows of the lower and middle class in Hong Kong, and lives of women through varied film genres. Her ability has only increased with time and experience; she is now considered a pillar of Asian cinema.
Ann Hui’s The Golden Era (2014), selected as the closing film of this year’s Venice International Film Festival, reminded worldwide audiences of her prowess as a filmmaker. Set against the backdrop of 1930s China and its turbulent political and cultural environment, actor TANG Wei plays Xiao Hong (a major figure in Chinese modern literature). Ann Hui will also serve as the president of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the 2014 Venice International Film Festival.
Ann Hui’s Eighteen Springs (1997), starring the top actor of the time Leon LAI, was the closing film for the 2nd Busan International Film Festival. A number of her films including July Rhapsody (2002) starring Jacky Cheung, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006) with Chow Yun-fat, and Night and Fog (2009) with Simon Yam have been previously screened at the Busan International Film Festival over the years.
Ann Hui’s latest work The Golden Era (2014) will be screened in the 2014 Busan International Film Festival as a part of the Gala Presentation.