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| Thursday, August 17, 2006

Andy Lau was awarded the Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), as he was currently in Beijing, when told of the news, a delighted Andy exclaimed that all his years spent on movies were not wasted.

This Asian Filmmaker of the Year was presented every year to a Asian filmmaker whom had contributed to Asian movies. Most past winners were well-known directors which includes Iran's Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien, last year it was presented to Japan's TV channel NHK as it had been doing its best to promote Asian movies since 1995.

At PIFF, it was said that 45-years-old Andy Lau had been in showbiz for more than 20 years, his performances includes TV, movies and singing, all with outstanding results. In recent years, he's involved in movie production works, setting up comany and nurturing new Asian directors which is a great influence in Asia.

Andy said: "When told that I've won this big award, other than being happy, it's some kind of consolidation. All these years, working hard to support movies are not wasted. Ever since I started Focus: First Cuts last year, even film distributors in Japan and Korea wanted to collaborate with me in the second Focus: First Cuts. They feel that this project is none other than a contribution to the movie industry, it's what Asia really needs. We will create a bigger and wider developing space, this delights me, because initially when I do this project is to give more developing chances to this business, with the current results, I hope my company will do better in the future."

In addition, one of Focus: First Cuts' project Crazy Stone had did well at the box office, while promoting his new album in Beijing, he took some time off to meet director Ning Hao and the Mainland China actors for dinner to celebrate. Andy brought along several autographed albums to those crew members present, he wrote some encouragaging words on the CD cover, hoping everyone to cherish the current success and continue to work hard for future movies. He also added that he recently thought of a good story and hope that it could be shot into a movie, considering to ask Ning Hao to direct.

He says: "This is a sports movie that talked about friendship, when I attended the Paralympic in Australia to show support to Hong Kong's athletes, I encountered an unforgettable incident, I witnessed a blind athlete doing the 400 metres run, he had a normal person to assist him, in the end, one athlete won and of course he got excited! Although his assistant had no winning medal but he had a satisfied and supportive expression, this touches me, I hope Ning Hao can direct such a movie. If everything goes well, I hope it can be shot in 2007."

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