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Asian Filmmaker of the Year: Tsui Hark

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As he readies his next blockbuster, Tsui Hark talks about his respect for Korean cinema, looking to the past for inspiration and why he won’t be retiring any time soon.

The most commercially successful filmmaker to come out of the late 1970s cinema movement known as the Hong Kong New Wave, Tsui Hark has established himself as that rare auteur who can deliver at the box office. Lauded for revolutionizing the martial arts genre in hits like Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) and the Once Upon a Time In China series (1991-7), Tsui kept his winning streak alive with last year’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, an effects-heavy period epic that grossed 300 million yuan ($46.9 million) in China. Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival for 2011, Tsui recently took time out from post-production on his upcoming 3D release, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, to discuss his career.
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