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Hong Kong Auteur Yonfan Relishes His Role as Talent Scout

Karen Chu The Hollywood Reporter 10/07/2011 22:43
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Hong Kong auteur Yonfan is quickly becoming the international festival circuit’s best judge of young talent.



As head of the jury at the Busan International Film Festival New Currents competition, Yonfan is being asked to choose among the best new talents in Asia or elsewhere for the third time following stints at the Sydney Film Festival in May 2010, and then as the head of jury at Hong Kong's Asian Film Awards last March.

In Busan Yonfan will head a jury that includes Chinese actress Jiang Wenli, Japanese actor Odagiri Joe, Korean producer Oh Jung-wan and former Cannes Film Festival programmer Olivier Père to judge a selection of 13 films from new directors across Asia. It’s a role he is especially comfortable with. Known as a star maker in the Asian film world, Yonfan’s cast lists are like a who’s- who of Hong Kong cinema: Maggie Cheung and Jacky Cheung got their start with him, as did Daniel Wu, who took his first acting role in Yonfan’s Bishonen in 1998 after the director spotted him in a television commercial.

“I think when you work with people with potential, it’s challenging and enlightening” he said Yonfan. “They know you give them a long shot, to give them time to express themselves, so they give you their best.”


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