- Kenneth Bi
Kenneth Bi has written, directed, and acted in
Canadaand Hong Kongin numerous theatre and film productions.
Kenneth Bi is the son of legendary movie star from the
Shaw Brothers Studio, Ivy Ling Poand Chin Han. They have both starred in numerous films and also had a cameo on Kenneth Bi's first film " Rice Rhapsody". Kenneth Bi graduated with Honors in Theatre/Film from Brock Universityin Canada.
In 1992 he won a Special Merit Award in Toronto for his CBC-Radio Drama, "Rice Krinkles".
Teddy Robinenlisted Bi in the multi-talented capacities of actor, writer, and editor in his 1995 film " Hong Kong Graffiti", and offered Bi his first chance at the big screen. In 1998 Bi line-produced " Slow Fade" for first time director Daniel Chanand facilitated the film's entry into the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. He garnered a second accolade in the same year with a Hong Kong Film Awardsnomination for Best Original Film Score for Fruit Chan's " The Longest Summer" which was also an official selection at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival.
Besides working on films, Bi also took time out in 2001 to write a series of eight children's short stories for the
Worldwide Fund for Nature. Entitled "Lolo's Big Adventures", the series depicts a young black-faced spoonbill's migratory journeys and is aimed at educating school children on the preservation of endangered animals.
In 2002 Bi took on triple duties as assistant director, actor and story co-creator on "
The Runaway Pistol", one of the most critically acclaimed local films. It premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festivaland went on to receive three award nominations — Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Director at the 39th Golden Horse Awards.
Bi's script for "
Rice Rhapsody" was awarded Outstanding Screenplay of 1999 by the Taiwan Government Information Office. It was subsequently selected by Pusan Promotion Plan as an Official Project for PPP 2000. The film was Bi's first 35mm feature film and it appeared in theatres in Hong Kong, Taiwanand Singapore. It stars Sylvia Chang, Martin Yan, Maggie Qand Mélanie Laurent.
"Rice Rhapsody" premiered at the largest film festival in Asia,
Pusan International Film Festivalin October 2004 and was selected into competition at the Tokyo International Film Festivalin the same month. It was also nominated in the Best Actress and Best Original Film Score category at the Golden Horse Awards in December 2004 in Taiwan. It has also won "Best Actress" at Newport Beach International Film Festivaland won "Best First Theatrical Feature" at Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival in 2005.
His second film as director, "The Drummer" was released in Hong Kong on October 11, 2007. It stars
Jaycee Chan, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sinje Lee ( Angelica Lee), Roy Cheung, Josie Ho, Kenneth Tsang, Eugenia Yuanand the internationally-acclaimed Chinese Zen drumming group U-Theatre. " [The Drummer] " will make its North American premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It is the first film from Hong Kong and Taiwan to be selected for competition at Sundance.
* Best New Director (25th Hong Kong Film Awards) - Rice Rhapsody (2006)
* Outstanding Screenplay (Taiwan Government Information Office) - Rice Rhapsody (1999)
* [http://www.kenbiroli.com/blog/ Kenneth Bi's Blog]
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