Ethan Ruan (best actor)
Hong Kong director John Woo was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on Sept 3. He is the first Chinese film maker to receive the honour.
John Woo is famous for his action thrillers in the 80s, with A Better Tomorrow and The Killer; and made his name in Hollywood with Face Off and Mission: Impossible II etc. in the 90s. He returned to China in 2008 to produce war film Red Cliff which was a huge box office success in Asia. [via Cri]
His latest movie is Reign of Assassin, starring a multinational cast which include Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, Korean actor Jung Woo-sung, Chinese actors Wang Xueqi, Shawn Yue, Taiwanese stars Barbie Hsu, Kelly Lin and Leon Dai etc.
Rain was named the Biggest Badass Star at the MTV Movie Awards on June 6 with his role in action flick Ninja Assassin. Check out his rather short English acceptance speech below; Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (the Karate Kid) were there to present the award to the Korean singer-turned-actor [via K-popped]…
Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives took the Palme d’Or at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. It was only the sixth Asian film to win the top prize at Cannes, and the first for more than a decade.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the movie tells the story of a dying man who meets spirits of the dead. Among the surprises, his son appears as a monkey and an ancient princess has sex with a talking catfish. [via Bangkokpost]
Palme d’Or: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
Grand Prix: “Of Gods and Men”, directed by Xavier Beauvois
Best Director: Mathieu Amalric, “On Tour”
Best Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong, “Poetry”
Best Actress: Juliette Binoche, “Certified Copy”
Best Actor (double winner): Javier Bardem, “Beautiful” & Elio Germano, “Our Life”
Jury Prize: “A Screaming Man”, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Palme d’Or: “Barking Island”, directed by Serge Avedikian
Jury Prize: “Bathing Micky”, directed by Frida Kempff
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