Lee’s legacy is lauded
Lee Jong-jaeStar of the hit series “Squid Game,” and director of the show Hwang Dong-Hyuk was awarded the Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit, South Korea’s highest cultural medal, at a ceremony held at the Korean President’s Office last week. Yoon Suk-Yol Hwang was honored for her career efforts that included “Miss Granny” and “Silenced.” Lee was noted for being the first Asian to win The US Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor, the first Asian to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and his SAG Award.
Director Lee in separate Korean honors list Park Chan-wook“Extraordinary Attorney Wu” star Park Eun-bin and stars Don Lee (aka Ma Dong-seok) was named among the 10 cultural icons who received the 2023 Visionary Award from CJ ENM. In addition to his “Squid Game” success, Lee also made his feature directorial debut “Hunt” last year. The film debuted at Cannes and became a smash hit at the box office.
China’s winning titles are awarded on Christmas Day Hainan Island International Film Festival. Argentina’s Laura Citarella’s “Trenque Louquen” was selected as the best film in the competition category. Alice Diop was named Best Director for her “Saint-Omer.” Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” received a Special Jury Prize. ‘We, Students’ directed by Rafiki Fariala was adjudged the best film in the parallel documentary competition. “Dry Ground Burning,” directed by Joanna Pimenta and Brazil’s Adirle Quiros, earned a special mention.
Hong Kong recruitment
The Hong Kong Disneyland The theme park kicked off 2023 by announcing plans to hire an additional 600 workers. The move comes in anticipation of an increase in visitor numbers, particularly from mainland China, following the near-complete lifting of COVID restrictions in both jurisdictions. The park, which is 52% owned by the Hong Kong government, has barely made a profit. Visitor numbers fell in 2019 when Hong Kong was hit by political protests. In 2020 the borders were largely closed due to the pandemic, international tourism was halted and this meant that the park had to rely mainly on local visitors. The border between Hong Kong and mainland China is expected to reopen this weekend – significantly, ahead of the all-important Lunar New Year holiday – but likely subject to a daily quota.
This year will see the opening of two new attractions within the Hong Kong theme park: frozen earth, Based on the animated hit movie “Frozen” and named a roller coaster and scenic ride Wandering Oak’s sliding sledge.
NASDAQ-listed Chinese video streamer iQiyi has completed a $500 million fundraising exercise, which was first announced in August last year. The company has issued interest-bearing commercial notes that are convertible into shares PAG An investment firm with $50 billion in assets under management. PAG’s Shan Weijian also got a seat on iQiyi’s board of directors iQiyi claims 100 million paying customers and enjoyed $3 billion in revenue in the nine months to September last year.