“Monster Hunt” is the Highest-Grossing Asian Film of 2015

Nominee of the 10th Asian Film Awards’ Best Visual Effects and Best Sound

(February 25, 2016, Hong Kong) - Monster Hunt has emerged as the highest-grossing Asian film of 2015 and will receive the AFA’s award for Highest-Grossing Asian Film of the year at the 10th Asian Film Awards (AFA) at The Venetian® Macao on March 17, 2016. The film is also competing for the “Best Visual Effects” and “Best Sound” in the coming awards ceremony.

 

The 3D fantasy adventure film set in a world of humans and monsters is a skillful mix of live action and animation directed by Hong Kong-born Raman HUI who made his reputation in Hollywood with the Shrek franchise for DreamWorks Animation; and produced by Bill KONG, who has scored many successes globally with films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and renowned film production and costume designer YEE Chung-man. The film also features a star-studded cast from Hong Kong and Mainland China, including BAI Baihe, JING Boran, Eric TSANG Chi-wai, Sandra NG Kwan-yu, JIANG Wu, YAN Ni, TANG Wei, Wallace CHUNG Hon-leung, and YAO Chen.

The director said that the message of his tale of war and love between humans and monsters is "to understand differences, to see the world through others' eyes and to foster more understanding between people and groups," a theme of acceptance that was welcomed at the box office.

Upon it release in July 2015, Monster Hunt became a huge commercial success, breaking numerous box office records with an accumulated box office of RMB$2.438 billion (US$382 million) in China. It surpassed Hollywood blockbusters, such as Furious 7 and Transformers: Age of Extinction, to become the highest-grossing film in China of all time; and broke the records of Chinese movies released in the same year, including From Vegas to Macau II and Jian Bing Man, to emerge as the highest-grossing Asian Film of 2015.

Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (“AFA Academy”), the Asian Film Awards (“AFA”)   will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. For this edition, 77 nominations have been made for 15   awards. The nominations represent 36 films from 10 countries. World-renowned Hong Kong director   Dr. Johnnie TO Kei-fung will serve as this year’s Jury President and lead a jury comprising our two   charismatic and popular celebrity jurors, Hong Kong actor Mr. Sean LAU Ching-wan and mainland   Chinese actress Ms. GAO Yuanyuan, as well as 12 respected film industry professionals, festival   programmers and critics from all over the world.

Sponsored by Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao and The Venetian Macao, with Cotai Water Jet as   the official ferry operator, the 10th Asian Film Awards will be held at one of the world’s leading integrated resorts  and must-see destination, The Venetian Macao, on March 17, 2016 (Thursday).

 

Details of the 10th Asian Film Awards Ceremony:

Date: March 17, 2016 (Thursday)

Venue: The Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Macao

(Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR)

For media online registration, please kindly visit the following link.

http://www.asianfilmawards.asia/media/media-accreditation/

 

For high resolution photos, please access via Web browser:

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Asian Film Awards (AFA)

Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of Asia. Awards night is a spectacular gathering of stars, celebrities, industry professionals and the media that highlights and publicizes the year’s achievements in Asian movies.

Presented in Hong Kong in its first seven years, the Awards moved to one of Asia’s fastest growing entertainment hubs, Macau, in 2014 – one step closer to its long-term plan of being held in different Asian cities to reflect its broad reach across the entire region.

 

Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA)

In 2013, three main Asian film festivals - Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo - joined together to create the non-profit organization, the Asian Film Awards Academy to promote and develop Asian cinema and its talents. The AFA Academy highlights, strengthens and develops Asian film industry and culture through the annual Asian Film Awards, and several year-round initiatives including strategies for building regional and international audiences.

Members of the AFA Academy are drawn from all past nominees and winners of the Asian Film Awards. Members vote for the Asian Film Awards and also participate in various AFA Academy activities involving film professionals and audiences in Asia and around the world.

In 2015, the AFA Academy launched events and activities including the Masterclass Series, Journey to the Fest, Asian Cinerama and Young Film Professionals Program to promote, educate, inform and develop knowledge, skills and interest in Asian cinema among the industry, students and audiences in Asia and beyond. The AFA Academy expresses the increasing global importance and creative strengths of Asian films and aims to unite the industries and talents of the fast-growing region.

 

About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 650 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (140,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and  St. Regis hotels as well as the Holiday Inn. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in 2016... the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015... the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.

 

About The Venetian® Macao

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 350 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

 

About Cotai Water Jet

Launched in November 2007, Cotai Water Jet is a premium high-speed ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. As of December 2015, the maritime jet fleet has serviced more than 52 million passengers and in 2015 averaged approximately 89 daily sailings. Its 14 custom-built catamarans have the capacity to carry more than 400 passengers each and operate at top speeds of approximately 42 knots. Passengers on Cotai Water Jet have a choice of three classes of service as well as direct sailings between ports in Macao, Taipa, Hong Kong, Kowloon and Hong Kong International Airport, thus providing an important transportation option for both locals and visitors to Macao. The Cotai Water Jet service is managed and operated on behalf of owner Sands China Ltd. by Chu Kong High Speed Ferry Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong.

For more information, including sailing schedule and fares, please visit www.cotaiwaterjet.com.

 

Taipa Village Macau
Taipa village, home to the Portuguese architecture, is the historical part of Taipa and the best preserved area in the south of the island. It seeks to be the new landmark in Macau – a dynamic leisure destination infused with niche shopping, innovative dining, diversified entertainments and heritage attractions. The cultural-blended destination defines an opulent mixture of heritage and modernity, where east meets west. It is a living village with real-life stories to tell – a place where people live and work, redefining the memories of the local residents who have witnessed the changes of the island over these decades. Visitors can taste a sumptuous selection of authentic cuisines, from local Chinese delights to continental flair infused with Portuguese and Spanish flavors. While being away from the glitz and vibrancy of the casinos resorts along Cotai strip, Taipa Village is only walking distance from the resorts which make traveling very accessible.

 

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