Hong Kong heart-throb Andy Lau is set to receive a special award in recognition of his contribution to cinema at the 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival, organisers said.
HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong heart-throb Andy Lau (news) is set to receive a special award in recognition of his contribution to cinema at the 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival, organisers said.
The 43-year-old actor and singer will be honoured as “Actor in Focus” at the gala event, the latest accolade he has received in a successful year.
Lau has won the Best Actor awards at both the Golden Horses in Taiwan and the Hong Kong Film Awards last year. He also picked up five nods at the territory’s Solid Gold music awards in January.
Festival organisers said it was time to recognise Lau’s contribution to the industry which he has played a part in since the 1980s.
“Everyone knows Lau’s acting has been outstanding and recently it has reached his peak. He’s a special case. How many actors who can be famous for 20 years? It’s time to look at his contribution to the Hong Kong film industry,” said Li Cheuk-To, artistic director of the March 22-April 6 festival.
The festival will be showing 11 of over 120 Lau’s movies during the fortnight.
Lau has starred in cop thriller “Infernal Affairs” and its two others sequels as well as Chinese director’s Feng Xiaogang “A World Without Thieves” and Zhang Yimou’s critically acclaimed “House of Flying Daggers”.
He is also a star in the world of Canto-pop, the Cantonese language hybrid of Chinese ballads and Western pop.