Chinese Kung Fu Choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping Receives NYAFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Yuen Woo-ping, a renowned martial arts choreographer and film director from Hong Kong, China, was honored here Monday night for his extraordinary contribution to the special film genre in the past decades.
Yuen, 74, was awarded the “Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award” at the ongoing 18th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) held at Lincoln Center.
Upon receiving the award, Yuen said that throughout his career he had discovered a number of talent, such as Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, and Wu Jing, and witnessed their way to stardom.
“I hope that new faces will always emerge in the Kung Fu film genre, passing on the Kung Fu culture to future generations,” said the master.
“Passion is the key to success,” said Yuen. “You can never carry on with something for decades if you are not interested in it.”
From Hong Kong to Hollywood, Yuen has won numerous awards for his works, such as Iron Monkey, The Matrix, Kill Bill, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, many of which are remembered as classics in the history of Kung Fu or action movie.
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