4th Annual New York Chinese Film Festival Closing Ceremony

By Judy C Yang

On November 7, 2013, the 4th Annual New York Chinese Film Festival held an Outstanding Asian Artists Awards Ceremony at the historical Capitale NY. What greater place to hold it than the historical ballroom inspired by an arts fair and what’s the best way to wrap up the three days Chinese films extravaganza with all the actors all dressed glamorously one evening? Capitale in Chinatown, with its 65 foot ceilings and Corinthian columns was the perfect location for the closing and awards ceremony of the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival.

Vicky Zhao Wei

The night kicked off with press interviews with the featured actors and actresses such as Vicky Zhao Wei, Donnie Yen and Miriam Yeung. For me, I was in the room with the multi-talented Vicki Zhao Wei. First thought that went through my head “I love her fuchsia lips! Wonder which lipstick she used?” It really played off her pretty red lace applique dress.

The soft spoken actress enjoys both directing and acting, and hopes to do more of both. She doesn’t need people to love the movie “So Young”, but wants people to see that she put a lot of thoughts, hard work and determination in it. You can definitely tell as the movie really puts you through a roller coaster of emotions.

We were then ushered downstairs for cocktails before the curtains open into the awards ballroom. Well dressed guests mingled in the lobby and were served cocktails and hor’s d’oeurves before starting the ceremony.

Once everyone was seated, the stars of the night came out from the second floor in pairs with a great entrance with spotlight and welcoming music. Qi Jia, Vice President of China Central Television gave an opening speech, then the awards were announced for each recipient. The first award of the night went to Vicki Zhao Wei.

Vicky Zhao Wei

Next was “Super Wu” Xiubo Wu for his role in “Finding Mr. Right.” I think he looks amazing in all the shots, as he really has this air of class and wisdom to him. Just look at his pose, it’s like a magazine ad for the suit. He doesn’t only have a smart appearance, but when he talked, he really captures the audience. When he shot the movie, he visited Central Park for the first time. Today he decided to return, and it felt the same to him as it did when he was first there. Because to him, yesterday, today and tomorrow is all the same. It is a day. He hopes to continue making more films for his fans to watch.

Steven Haft, Xiubo Wu

Wu was very humble when receiving his award. His presenter’s speech was also very memorable; when he taught film related classes, he asked his students how many wanted to be producers, directors or actors? Almost all hands shot up. When asked, how many wanted to be a scriptwriter? Six hands nervously went up. He then turned to the others to become close friends with these script writers through their college years as without their ideas, there will be nothing to produce, director or act in.

Xiubo Wu

When the female presenter gave Miriam Yeung, I thought it was such a cute moment. From what I can decipher through reading lips, she kept complimenting on how pretty Miriam looked. She really does look stunning especially she just gave birth a year ago! Looking at her career as both a singer and actress, she loves them both and hopes to produce more for fans to enjoy.

Miriam Yeung

Miriam’s husband Real Ting was by her side, what a beautiful and sweet couple!

Real Ting, Miriam Yeung

Lastly, but certainly not the least is the martial arts master Donnie Yen receiving Most Outstanding Asian Artist Award for his two films “Ip Man” and “Special ID”. His presenters asked if he was excited, and he replied very honestly he would be if it wasn’t for his jet lag. Poor him, I hope he adjusts soon!

Donnie Yen

His wife, Cissy Wang, is so supportive of him, as she looks up lovingly at him and snaps a photo of him onstage. When Donnie received the award and asked to give a speech, he kept it short and thanked the New York Chinese Film Festival and CCTV for the opportunity. Then he said, of course, I wouldn’t be able to get this award if without Mrs. Yen. As you can tell, their love goes both ways as I captured him staring down with loving eyes at her when he tells her they have an interview to go to. Can I just say, CUTEST COUPLE EVER!?

Cissy Wang

Though the 4th New York Chinese Film Festival came to a close, I have to admit that I am already looking forward to the next festival. Congratulations to the festival organizer, sponsors, Chinese American Arts Council and the Chinese Movie Channel, CCTV-6 for another great festival.

Sponsor Fujian Seven Group (center) with CCAC chairman Alan Chow and Exe. Chairman Jack K. Wang

Stars including Donnie Yen, Cissy Wang, Vicky Zhao Wei, Miriam Yeung, Real Ting, Xiubo Wu, and Vivian Dawson all looked stunning at the 4th New York Chinese Film Festival Closing Ceremony! What a night!!

Donnie Yen and Cissy Wang. Photo credit Lishabai Yi

Miriam Yeung and Real Ting. Photo credit Lishabai Yi

Vicky Zhao Wei. Photo credit Lishabai Yi

Xiubo Wu. Photo credit Lishabai Yi

Vivian Dawson. Photo credit Lishabai Yi

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