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FOCUS ARTIST 2023: Meeting with Mr. Anthony WONG 

Embark on a journey through the cinematic universe of Mr. Anthony WONG, a distinguished actor from Hong Kong. We orchestrated an engaging discussion on October 15, 2023, in a café in Paris's heart. We were privileged to host Anthony Wong for a stimulating two-hour dialogue alongside Frédéric Ambroisine, an esteemed French film critic, our advisor Florent Dichy, who teaches film studies, and Bruce Lai, our program director and a respected critic from Hong Kong.

With the participation of our esteemed panel and the presence of Hong Kong film enthusiasts from France, the event was an actual golden moment. The audience was bewitched by our beloved actor Anthony Wong, as he shared witty anecdotes and delved into the vibrant tapestry of Hong Kong cinema, particularly its evolution since the 1990s, offering profound insights into his craft and artistic endeavours.

Thought-provoking questions from our speakers and the dynamic interaction between Anthony Wong and our French audience further enriched the session. These two hours were a captivating exploration of cinematic artistry. You're invited to reexperience this pleasant journey through the video below.

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Anthony Pierre WONG 黃秋生

M. Anthony WONG (awarded three times as "best actor" and two times as "best supporting actor") reflects on the evolution of his career and the wide variety of his acting styles over the past 40 years. M. Anthony WONG became famous in Hong Kong after portraying a twisted murderer in the cult films The Untold Story 八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包 and Ebola Syndrome. His remarkable, yet completely different, performances in The Beast Cops 野獸刑警 and then in Infernal Affairs 無間道 propelled him to the peak of his career. Recently, his portrayal in Still Human confirms his status as the best actor in art films as well as a grand master of Hong Kong's acting performance.

Frédéric Ambroisine
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Film critic, specialist in Hong Kong cinema

Frédéric Ambroisine, a specialist in Hong Kong cinema, began his career as a film critic in the 2000s, writing for DVDrama, DVDvision and Mad Movies. His passion for Asian cinema has also led him to contribute to specialist magazines such as Kumite, Mad Asia and Asia Pulp. He continues to write occasionally for CinemaTeaser. From 2002 to 2016, Frédéric interviewed numerous figures from the Hong Kong film industry, covering decades from the 50s to the present day. Over the course of 20 years, he has made a few hundred documentaries linked to iconic Shaw Brothers productions of the 60s, 70s and 80s, as well as contemporary Hong Kong films from the 90s to the 2020s. His subjects include such renowned directors and actors as Sammo Hung, Tsui Hark, Donnie Yen, Derek Yee, Johnnie To, Anthony Wong, Wong Jing, Dante Lam, and many others. In recent years, Frédéric has focused mainly on producing bonus content for international publishers. In France, he has worked with Spectrum Films, The Jokers, and Kinovista. Abroad, he has collaborated with German publishers such as Plaion, English publishers such as 88 Films, Eureka Entertainment, Arrow Video, and American publishers such as Criterion, Shout! Studios, and Vinegar Syndrome.

Florent Dichy

Florent DICHY is a professional photographer at the theatre company "La Frappe," a high school teacher, and a film festival and cinematic event regular. After graduating in Latin and medieval literature, Florent pursued his studies in the history of arts and cinema at the école du Louvre. As a movie enthusiast, he dedicates himself to accompanying students on their career paths in film-making, including but not limited to technical support and mentoring their very first movies—Florent endeavors to bridge the gap between students and professionals. In his leisure time, he cooperates with the association Arscipro for movie-making.

Bruce Lai
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Film critic, researcher in cinema and cultural studies,CUBE Advisory Board Member

Bruce Lai is a film and cultural studies scholar based in the UK. He is a visiting researcher at King's College London (KCL) after obtaining his PhD in Film Studies at KCL with a thesis on Chinese comedy films and neoliberalism. His current research project concerns Hong Kong comedies in the 1980s and 90s and their trans-local influences on aesthetics, involving formal analysis and archival research supported by the Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL) 's Travel and Study Grants. Bruce has also served as a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong in the spring term of 2023. Bruce has been a jury at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards since 2022, the IATC(HK) Critics Awards in 2018, and the FIPRESCI Prize jury at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2023. Bruce is a member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong). As a renowned film critic in Hong Kong, Bruce published film reviews in various genres while specialising in contemporary Chinese-language films and religion-affiliated cinema. His film review can be seen in his columns published in Ming Pao, The News Lens, and Christian Times. A forthcoming book focusing on the film and religion of Bruce is expected to come out by the end of 2023.

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