CineAsia to honor 'Monster Hunt' director Raman Hui

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Raman Hui will be honored with the “Director of the Year” Award at the CineAsia awards ceremony on Dec. 10 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

“CineAsia is thrilled to honor Raman Hui with this prestigious award. As the director of what is now the highest-grossing film of all time in China, Raman continues to perform at a level that is second to none,” stated Andrew Sunshine, co-managing director of CineAsia.

Hui graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1984 with a degree in graphic design. He moved to Canada in 1989 and was subsequently hired by Pacific Data Images, where he participated in high-profile films such as Batman Forever (1995) and The Arrival (1996).After Pacific Data Images was acquired by DreamWorks Animation, Hui worked on various commercials and short films before serving as supervising animator and lead character designer for Antz (1998).

Raman went on to become supervising animator for the Oscar-winning Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004). In 2007, he co-directed his first feature, Shrek the Third, and was awarded Animation Director of the Year at the ShoWest Convention. He also directed and co- directed short films such as Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008), Scared Shrekless (2010), Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular (2010) and Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos (2012).

Hui’s live-action directorial debut, the 3D fantasy-adventure Monster Hunt, was released in China on July 16, 2015. It has broken every box-office record in China and became the highest-grossing Chinese-language film of all time, with over RMB 2.44 billion (US$392 million). Monster Hunt is the first domestic film to reach the top spot since 1994, when the market was reopened to Hollywood movies.

CineAsia 2015 will take place Dec. 8-10 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong.It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely seminars and a trade show.The Hong Kong Tourism Board is a supporting organization of CineAsia.