SHANGHAI, July 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bona Film Group Limited ("Bona" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:BONA), a leading film distributor in China, today announced that the stars of it upcoming film, Unbeatable, Nick Cheung and Crystal Lee, received the Golden Goblet Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress at the recent Shanghai International Film Festival.
Over 2,000 films were submitted to the Festival for consideration, with 14 films receiving award nominations. Winners were selected by an international panel led by British director Tom Hooper, whose credits include 2011's The King's Speech, for which he won a Best Director Academy Award and 2012 international hit, Les Miserables.
In addition, Tsui Hark, who directed Bona's 2011 film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate and will direct the Company's upcoming Tracks in the Snowy Forest received an award for outstanding contribution to Chinese film."We are incredibly proud of our upcoming film, Unbeatable, and the awards that Nick and Crystal have received for their roles give us even greater enthusiasm for the film ahead of its August release. A dramatic action film that tells the story of two men's redemption through Mixed Martial Arts matches, Unbeatable is expected to appeal to a wide range of audiences and we are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive reviews it has gotten from both domestic and international press," said Bona's Founder, Chairman and CEO, YU Dong. "We have a strong slate of releases scheduled for the second half of 2013, which includes romantic comedy My Lucky Star, 3-D disaster film Inferno , Hollywood action sequel Red 2 and crime thriller White Storm. The strong box office potential of these films, coupled with our growing movie theater and TV production businesses, gives us great confidence both now and over the longer-term." In Unbeatable, which is scheduled to open on August 16, Cheung plays a former boxing champion who now works at a gym to repay his debts, while 11-year-old Lee, the youngest Best Actress recipient in the 16-year history of the awards, plays an independent girl with the responsibility of caring for her sick mother. The film received favorable reviews from both critics and audiences who attended its Festival screening, garnering particularly strong praise for the actors' performance. The film also features Eddie Pang, one of China's most popular young stars, who plays Cheung's talented and determined student. Unbeatable was directed by Dante Lam, who has committed to several upcoming Bona projects. About Bona Film Group Limited Bona Film Group Limited (Nasdaq:BONA) is a leading film distributor in China, with an integrated business model encompassing film distribution, film production, film exhibition and talent representation. Bona distributes films to Greater China, Korea, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe, invests and produces movies in a variety of genres, owns and operates 20 movie theaters and manages a range of talented and popular Chinese artists.