Revered Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai dedicated his Best Director honour at the Asia Film Awards to stuntman Ju Kun, who is among the passengers feared dead following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The moviemaker fought back tears as he accepted his latest trophy in Macau on Thursday (27Mar14), revealing that the families of the missing people were constantly on his mind.
Wong Kar Wai received his award for The Grandmaster, which features Ju Kun in stunt scenes.
The film's star, Zhang Ziyi, who was awarded the Best Actress prize at the AFAs, burst into tears during her director's emotional speech.
Kun boarded the doomed flight to return to his family in Beijing, China.
The aircraft disappeared from civilian radar screens on 8 March (14), less than an hour after take off from Kuala Lumpur.
No confirmed sighting of the plane has been made since, although satellite images suggest the plane crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean. All 227 passengers are presumed dead.
Wong Kar Wai's new film swept the board at the AFAs, picking up seven awards in total, including Best Film and Best Score.
India's The Lunchbox landed writer/director Ritesh Batra the Best Screenplay award and leading man Irfan Khan the Best Actor honour.
Jet Li's former stunt double Ju Kun is presumed dead as officials have ruled the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing everyone on board. Flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on 8 March (14) sparking a global hunt to discover the fate of the missing aircraft and its 239 passengers and crew.
Kun, who was identified as being among the passengers, was flying home after working at Pinewood Studios in Malaysia and was about to begin work on Netflix series Marco Polo.
Following the discovery of several objects thought to be debris from the plane and new analysis by Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch and British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, officials announced on Monday (24Mar14) that the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing everyone on board.
The cause of the crash remains unknown.
Jet Li's former stunt double Ju Kun has been identified among the passengers who were onboard a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the weekend (08-09Mar14). Pilots of a flight en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China lost contact with airline authorities on Saturday (08Mar14), prompting fears of a crash.
Kun was among the 227 passengers onboard.
He was flying home from Pinewood Studios in Malaysia, and gearing up to begin production on Netflix series Marco Polo in the next few weeks.
Marco Polo creator John Fusco tells Deadline.com, "All of us on location in Malaysia are devastated as we go through this agonising wait. Ju Kun is an integral and beloved member of our Marco Polo family, and on behalf of Harvey Weinstein and Netflix, we are all profoundly shocked and saddened.
"Right now are are rallying around his wife, Li Ping as she awaits answers in Kuala Lumpur. Our hearts and prayers are also with all of the other missing passengers and their families."
Jun previously worked on films Fearless, The Expendables, The Grandmaster and The Forbidden Kingdom.
A search effort is currently underway, but no wreckage had been found as WENN went to press. Reports suggest the plane may have attempted to return to Malaysia.