Hong Kong ac­tor Tony Le­ung re­ceives French arts honor

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Hong Kong

To his long list of ac­co­lades, Hong Kong ac­tor Tony Le­ung is adding one with French fla­vor.

France’s con­sul gen­eral made the 52-year-old ac­tor an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Arts and Let­ters at a cer­e­mony on Mon­day at­tended by Le­ung’s wife, Ca­rina Lau, and his friends in­clud­ing direc­tor Wong Kar-wai.

Con­sulGen­er­alAr­naudBarthelemy praised Le­ung for his achieve­ments in act­ing and thanked him for bring­ing to­gether the cul­tures of France andHong Kong.

Le­ung said he wanted to share the honor be­cause he didn’t make his films alone. “I think this honor should be shared with all those who have worked with me in films for the last 30 years,” Le­ung said.

Tony Le­ung Chiu-wai is con­sid­ered one of Hong Kong’s finest ac­tors, es­pe­cially in his col­lab­o­ra­tions with Wong such as Ashes of Time, Chungk­ing Ex­press and In the Mood for Love. That role won him a best ac­tor award at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

Their last film, the kung fu epic The Grand­mas­ter, was a crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess.

France made Wong a Com­man­der of the Or­der of Arts and Let­ters in 2013.

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