Film-maker Anthony Chen beats his 'idol' to win directing award in Brisbane

Film-maker Anthony Chen beats his 'idol' to win directing award in Brisbane
A still from Ilo Ilo, with (from left) Koh Jia Ler, Angeli Bayani, Yeo Yann Yann and Chen Tianwen. Homegrown director Anthony Chen beat Japanese film-maker Hirokazu Kore-eda to win the award for Achievement In Directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Thursday.

SINGAPORE - Sounding shocked, Chen, 29, tells Life! repeatedly over the telephone from Brisbane, Australia, where the awards were held that he "still can't believe it". He adds: "I just can't believe it because I have been such a big fan of Kore-eda for years. I can't imagine winning over my idol."


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