Hong Kong filmmaker Chapman To will receive the 2018 Osaka Asia Star Award, as announced by the 13th Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF2018) on Feb 20.

To said on Facebook: “I  am thankful to Osaka Asian Film Festival for the Asia Star Award, and I will be attending the award ceremony. I give this honour to all the people I have ever met in my lifetime. The interchange between people is already a work of art in itself. I am just presenting it on behalf of everyone.”

His sports action drama, The Empty Hands, will be screened in competition and the Special Programs: Special Focus on Hong Kong 2018. This means To and his movie will run for both the Grand Prix (film) and Most Promising Talent (director) awards.

To’s directorial debut, the Chinese New Year comedy Let’s Eat (2016), also screened in competition two years ago and was nominated for the OAFF2016 Grand Prix. 

In The Empty Hands, the 45-year-old filmmaker (born Edward Ng Cheuk Cheung) plays a gangster who redeems himself as a karate trainer. To also serves as director, screenwriter, stunt choreographer and producer on the movie.

To, who made his career as a comedian in Cantonese cinema, has starred in over 100 movies and is famous for his roles in Infernal Affairs (2002, 2003), Initial D (2005), Vulgaria (2012) and Diva (2012).

The Osaka Asia Star ceremony will be held in Osaka, Japan on Mar 17. To will also conduct a sharing session where he will discuss his background and career.