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Wong Kar Wai dedicates Best Director award to tragic stuntman

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Mar 27, 2014 | 2:07pm EDT

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.

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