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John Woo
John Woo

One of most famous names in world cinema, John Woo began his career as an assistant director at Shaw Brothers in the 1970s. Soon after, he began working as a director for Golden Harvest. In 1986, Cinema City’s A Better Tomorrow became a blockbuster, earning him both commercial and critical success. Since then, his distinctly unique and stylish films – including The Killer, Bullet in the Head and Hard Boiled – earned him loyal fans both at home and abroad. In 1993, Woo broke into Hollywood, directing Face/Off, Mission: Impossible 2 and other global blockbusters. He returned to Chinese cinema a decade ago with Red Cliff and The Crossing.

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur’s first feature film Masoom (1983) won the Filmfare Critics Award for best film of the year and his second Mr India (1987) was declared one of the 100 Greatest Indian Films Of All Time in 2013 on the centenary of Indian cinema in a list compiled by CNN-IBN.

He gained International recognition with his 1994 film Bandit Queen, the story of Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which was selected for Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the National Film Award in India for best feature film in Hindi.

Bandit Queen elevated him to the global stage and he was subsequently hired to direct Elizabeth, a lavish UK period epic which would catapult Cate Blanchett to stardom in the role of the 16th century queen of England.

It won five BAFTA awards and was nominated for seven Oscars in 1998. Ten years later, Kapur and Blanchett reteamed for Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). His other credits include stage show Bombay Dreams which he co-created with Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Four Feathers, the 2002 film of the AEW Mason novel which starred the late Heath Ledger.

Shekhar Kapur
Gianni Nunnari
Gianni Nunnari

Gianni Nunnari, a noted Hollywood film producer and executive, started his career in the film business immediately after completing his studies.  The son of noted film Italian film executive/producer/international sales agent, Gianni followed in the footstep of his father, Alexander Nunnari. In 1997, Nunnari founded Hollywood Gang, a production company that focused on producing big budget commercials; Nunnari become a pioneer of hiring big Hollywood stars to brand high end products.

Having produced films for Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, MGM, New Line Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Relativity, Nunnari used his deep relationships with A-list talent and major US distributors to develop and produce successful films like the “300” franchise, “The Departed” and many others. His company, Hollywood Gang, has produced 12 films and has generated over $2 billion in worldwide box office.

CHOI Dong-Hoon

CHOI dong-hoon Choi Dong-hoon ranks as one of the most consistently successful writers and directors working in the contemporary Korean Cinema, becoming great commercial hits that also garnered critical acclaim. Choi made his feature directorial debut in 2004 with The Big Swindle and single-handedly re-imagined the heist and crime thriller genre into uniquely Korean. His second feature Tazza: The High Rollers dealt with the underground gambling world and Choi earned a reputation as an artistically innovative and commercially successful writer-director. 2009’s WOOCHI was lauded as the first Korean fantasy/superhero blockbuster movie featuring spectacular action scenes that fused sorcery and wire stunts. In 2012, The Thieves which is a vibrant and complex heist film with the highest profile cast attracted almost 13 million admissions.

In 2015, his first period film Assassination which takes its inspiration from real historical figures was once again a massive box office hit attracting 12.8 million viewers. He is a genius storyteller for his spectacular ability to develop elaborate stories.

CHOI Dong-Hoon
PANG HO-CHEUNG
PANG HO-CHEUNG

Born in 1973 in Hong Kong, Pang Ho-cheung is a cross-media creator who is not only a film director, but also a prolific author, screenwriter, executive producer, actor, radio and television host, editor, photographer as well as installation artist.

With his directorial debut You Shoot, I Shoot, Pang has since directed a total of fourteen feature films which have claimed numerous prestigious awards worldwide. These include Best New Director for Men Suddenly in Black and Best Screenwriter for Love in a Puff at the Hong Kong Film Awards; Best Debut Director for You Shoot, I Shoot at the HKSAR 10th Anniversary Film Awards; Best Film Orient Express Award and Best Feature Film for Isabella at the 27th Oporto International Film Festival and 4th World Film Festival of Bangkok, respectively; Mad Movie Award for Dream Home at the 10th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland; and the NETPAC Award for Vulgaria at the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Most recently in 2017, the final installment of the Love in a Puff trilogy, Love Off the Cuff, has recorded a total of over 200 million RMB in worldwide box office in just three weeks upon its release.

In recent years, Pang has also been partnering with filmmakers around the world. As producer, Pang’s credits include the Singaporean drama film Apprentice, and several Hollywood productions such as Border Crossing, Never Here and Dismissed.