Tribute ceremony implemented as scheduled on October 10, 2019 to a full house! Sharing here the photos gallery. We thank again HKETO NY’s generous support to Hong Kong cinema this season, plus director Kwame Amoaku of Chicago FIlm Office presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Kenneth Tsang Kong. A Tribute video was specially created for our honoree and was shared exclusively for the audiences who attended the Season Finale! Included in the following slide show were some candid photos taken outside of AMC River East 21 at other luncheon and dinner hosted in Mr. Tsang Kong’s honor! (photo credits: Dan Hannula, Sophia Wong Boccio and intern Ferris!)

 For Immediate Release August 5, 2019

Hong Kong Acting Veteran Kenneth Tsang Kong to be honored at Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season Nine

Tsang will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on October 10th

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York

Kenneth Tsang Kong in THE ATTORNEY (Photo credit: Golden Scene Hong Kong(

Kenneth Tsang Kong in THE ATTORNEY (Photo credit: Golden Scene Hong Kong(

CHICAGO, IL (August 5, 2019) – Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice, presenter of Asian Pop-Up Cinema today announces Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang Kong as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in conjunction with his latest role as the shady politician Tsang Kwok-shan in the festival’s closing night film, The Attorney.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind salute to the legendary actor, whose acting career has spanned over 50 years. Film clips from his decade-spanning film career will be presented with the Award before Chicago premiere feature film The Attorney, located at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street) at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 10th. Tsang will also be part of the Q&A after the screening together with other guests attending the premiere: executive producer Cherrie Lau, scriptwriter Frances To and supporting actor Justin Cheung.

83-year-old Kenneth Tsang Kong is one of the most respected actors in Hong Kong. He’s appeared in over 217 movies with regular roles in major films since the 1960s. Tsang starred in detective films and classic kung fu movies with Hong Kong teen idols Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao. Tsang also appeared in a few Wong Fei-hung movies in the late 1960s. While mostly active in Hong Kong film productions, Tsang worked in Singaporean TV Chinese dramas during the 1990s, notably the 1995 epic The Teochew Family and The Unbeatables II in 1996. In the 80’s he participated in John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow trilogy and The Killer. Tsang made his Hollywood debut with Chow Yun Fat in The Replacement Killers. He also appeared in Rush Hour 2, Die Another Day, Memoirs of a Geisha, Anna and the King, and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man British crime drama television series produced by Carnival Films and POW! Entertainment. Tsang won the best Supporting Actor Award at the 2014 Hong Kong Film Awards for Overheard 3, co-directed by Alex Ma and Felix Chong.

The Attorney is a 2019 movie about politics and the law, money and murder all compellingly intertwined in this taut mystery/courtroom drama. The Attorney, a legal thriller rarely seen in Hong Kong cinema offers a pointed look at what people with power can get away with while the dispossessed take the blame. The film is in Cantonese with English subtitles and also stars award-winning Nina Paw, Liu Kai Chi, Patrick Tam and Justin Cheung. The movie is distributed by Golden Scene Co. Ltd., Hong Kong. (Click here for trailer)

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season Nine is September 10 - October 10, 2019. A full list of films will be announced on August 12, 2019.


Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of Sophia’s Choice, a Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit incorporated in 2015 with the multi-pronged mission of cultivating an interest in and understanding of Asian cultures via a diverse offering of Asian films; connecting the Asian film industry with local Chicago film professionals, educators and students; and promoting Chicago as a destination for international visitors. Visit


The Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York is the representative office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The New York ETO has been promoting and strengthening the economic, trade and cultural links between Hong Kong and the 31 eastern states of the United States. A number of film festivals are held in New York City and Chicago to help deepen Hong Kong’s cultural ties to the United States. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: “Hong Kong Meets America” and for more information, access our website:

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