HK Film Icon Tony Leung Wins Venice Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award
September 04, 2023
In a night resonating with applause and emotion, Tony Leung, the esteemed actor and singer from Hong Kong, was presented with the prestigious Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement award at the 80th Venice Film Festival.
This historic moment saw Leung becoming the first Chinese actor to be recognized with such a coveted accolade for his extensive contributions to cinema.
The award was handed to him by the acclaimed director, Ang Lee. Leung’s joy was palpable and reciprocated by the audience, who bestowed upon him a standing ovation lasting over two minutes.
Giving shine time to his home turf, Leung spoke of his deep-rooted connections to Hong Kong and its vibrant cinema. "I'm so grateful to have been raised in Hong Kong as well as being nurtured by its movie industry," he shared.
Tony Leung's illustrious career is peppered with many milestones. Notably, three films featuring him have won the Golden Lion for best picture: ‘A City of Sadness’ (1989), ‘Cyclo’ (1995), and ‘Lust, Caution’ (2007). His collaborations with director Wong Kar-wai have been particularly notable, and his stellar performance in ‘In the Mood for Love’ (2000) has earned him the Best Actor award at Cannes.
Intriguingly, Leung revealed his upcoming venture into European cinema, announcing his role in ‘Silent Friend’ directed by Hungary's Ildiko Enyedi. More details on the film are yet to be announced.
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