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Actress Kara Wai receives humanitarian award for 'Happiness'

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay (left) joins actress Kara Wai (second from right), actor Carlos Chan (second from left) and Executive Director of Asian CineVision John Woo at a news conference for "Happiness" at the HKETONY office.

Mr. Barclay (left) meets with Ms. Wai (center) and Rachel Cooper, director of global performing arts and special cultural initiatives for the Asia Society, before the special screening of "Happiness."

Distinguished Hong Kong actress Kara Wai received the Asian CineVision  2016 Asian Media Humanitarian Award in New York on July 19 for her role in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and promoting elderly care through her movie “Happiness” (2016).

Ms. Wai, along with co-star Carlos Chan, promoted the movie’s message and discussed their experience making the film at a news conference at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) office prior to the award ceremony and a special preview screening at the Asia Society.

The film, the feature directing debut of Andy Lo, chronicles the development of a deep friendship between an elderly woman struggling with Alzheimer’s and a lost young man.

Ms. Wai and Mr. Chan took home the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards for their distinguished performances in the film at the seventh Macau International Movie Festival.

Ms. Wai has won multiple Best Actress honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards, including one for “My Young Auntie” (1981) and another for "At the End of Daybreak" (2009). She also won Best Supporting Actress at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards for “Rigor Mortis” (2013). Mr. Chan is known for his roles in “To the Fore” (2015) and “Connected” (2008).

Ms. Wai receives the 2016 Asian Media Humanitarian Award.

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