Crouching Tiger, HIDDEN DRAGON director Ang Lee presented a professional spirit award to Jackie Chan at the 24th HONG KONG FILM AWARDS ceremony yesterday (27MAR05).

During an evening featuring the stars of the Chinese cinema, Chan said he appreciated the prize because it honoured his professionalism and conduct, not just his artistic achievements.

He said, "Outside of movies, this involves charity work... an actor's professional conduct, being punctual, respecting elders. These are very important things."

Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle was named best film at the ceremony, while director Wong Kar-Wai's romance 2046 swept the top acting honours. The two films captured 12 awards between them.

Tony Leung and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi won the lead acting awards for their roles in 2046.

Late martial arts hero Bruce Lee was named Chinese Film's Bright Star of the Century. Lee's daughter, SHANNON LEE KEASLER, accepted the award.

28/03/2005 21:13