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John Woo to receive Venice lifetime achievement award

22nd December 2009

Hong Kong film director John Woo will receive a lifetime achievement award at next year's Venice Film Festival.

The organisers of the 2010 event said the 63-year-old is an 'innovator of the contemporary language of cinema' who will influence the filmmakers of future generations.

Woo achieved fame as the director of acclaimed Hong Kong action films such as The Killer, Hard Boiled and A Better Tomorrow, before finding success in Hollywood with productions like Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible II.

'The acknowledgment recognises a filmmaker who in recent decades, with his revolutionary conception of staging and editing, has renewed action movies to the core,' the festival's organisers commented.

This year's Venice Film Festival lifetime achievement award was handed to director and producer John Lasseter and his team at animation firm Pixar. It was the first time in the event's 66-year history that the award has been given to a company and not an individual.

Commenting on the win, Lasseter said that Pixar's success is due to its aim to 'deeply entertain' both adults and children.

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