Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat was just awarded the Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the 28th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The award was presented by Korean actor Song Kang-ho who called the veteran actor a real hero on the screen.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked TVB, the Hong Kong cinema, his wife, and the audience for their support. He closed off his speech in the most Fat Gor way possible: taking a selfie with everyone.
Chow’s win is a testament to his long and illustrious career in the film industry. He started acting in 1973 and has starred in some of the most iconic Hong Kong films of all time, including A Better Tomorrow and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Despite his many achievements, Chow Yun-fat is known for being a humble and down-to-earth person, making him one of HK’s beloved superstars.
The 68-year-old superstar’s win is also significant because it marks the second consecutive year that a Hong Kong celeb has won the award. Last year, Tony Leung Chiu-wai bagged the award. This makes Leung and Chow the fourth and fifth Hong Kong filmmakers to receive the title, respectively.
During an interview, Chow Yun-fat offered some insights into the differences between his home turf and the Korean scene. He said he admired the freedom that Korean filmmakers enjoy when it comes to the genres and themes they can explore. In contrast, he noted that Hong Kong has stricter requirements for a film or show to be greenlit.