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HK film maestro Patrick Lung Kong receives life time achievement
award from Tsui Hark in New York

 

Hong Kong legendary director Patrick Lung Kong was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the Hong Kong cinema at the opening of a namesake retrospective in New York on August 15 (New York time).

Internationally famed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark specially flew in to present Lung Kong with the award at the "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong" retrospective, sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY).

The Director of HKETONY, Mr Steve Barclay, speaking at the opening reception attended by about 200 guests, said that Patrick Lung Kong was a visionary director with strong belief in the power of movies.

"He cared deeply about Hong Kong and this is reflected in his films that defined Hong Kong cinema in the 1970s. His movies carry provoking, simple but universal themes such as the desire for peace, and address social issues. He was often ahead of his times, raising awareness and calling for action in making the world a better one.

"The influence of Patrick Lung Kong's films transcends borders and time. It is no exaggeration to say that Patrick Lung Kong inspired and influenced a number of New Wave directors who have made their mark in Hollywood and elsewhere in the international movie arena," said Mr Barclay.

Kicking off the retrospective is "Story of a Discharged Prisoner" (1967), which is the inspiration behind "A Better Tomorrow" (1986) by John Woo and Tsui Hark. "A Better Tomorrow" is a multiple-award winning film, including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Actor in various film festivals.

Director Woo, who directed the award-winning Hollywood films "Face/Off" (1998) and "Red Cliff II" (2010), sent a video greeting to pay tribute to the influence of Patrick Lung Kong to his films (youtu.be/p7r8b9IdHnY).

The Retrospective, presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Asian Film Festival, runs from August 15-24. The other seven films to be screened include "Teddy Girls", "Hiroshima 28", "Love Massacre", "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow", "The Window", "Pei Shih" and "Mitra".

Media Reports of "Patrick Lung Kong Retrospective"
Oriental Daily
Sing Tao Daily
World Journal
Xinhua
China Daily USA
Sinovision Chinese
Sinovision English
Examiner
WNYC
Fandor -
Filmmaker Magazine
The Examiner
Wall Street Journal
Artforum
Moving Image Source
L Magazine

Hong Kong legendary film director Lung Kong (first row) pictured with sponsors and organisers after receiving the New York Asian Film Festival "Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award". Also pictured are film director Tsui Hark (back row, third right) and Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, Mr Steve Barclay (back row, centre).
Hong Kong legendary film director Lung Kong (first row) pictured with sponsors and organisers after receiving the New York Asian Film Festival "Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award". Also pictured are film director Tsui Hark (back row, third right) and Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, Mr Steve Barclay (back row, centre).
 

Mr Barclay paid tribute to film director Patrick Lung Kong (first row). Also attending is film director Tsui Hark (second row, second right).
 
Mr Barclay spoke on the achievements of Patrick Lung Kong at the opening of a retrospective of his films.
Mr Barclay spoke on the achievements of Patrick Lung Kong at the opening of a retrospective of his films.
 
Film director Tsui Hark presenting lifetime achievement award to Patrick Lung Kong.
Film director Tsui Hark presenting lifetime achievement award to Patrick Lung Kong.
 
Film director Tsui Hark presenting lifetime achievement award to Patrick Lung Kong.
Film director Tsui Hark presenting lifetime achievement award to Patrick Lung Kong.
 
Film director Patrick Lung Kong shares a light moment from his film career.
Film director Patrick Lung Kong shares a light moment from his film career.
 
Patrick Lung Kong and Tsui Hark talking after the award presentation.
Patrick Lung Kong and Tsui Hark talking after the award presentation.

 


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