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A highly talented filmmaker and alumnus of CityU has won the Best New Director Award and the Best Original Screenplay Award at the 59th Golden Horse Awards for his first feature film, The Sunny Side of the Street (《白日青春》).

Malaysian-born Mr Lau Kok-rui (劉國瑞) came to Hong Kong to study marketing at CityU’s College of Business with a full scholarship for overseas students in 2008. After graduating in 2011, he initially worked as a teaching assistant at a local university and as a crew member for advertising productions until he finally found his passion for filmmaking. After shooting some documentaries, he worked as a screenwriter and director for short films and TV programmes.

Mr Lau loved watching movies when he was growing up in Malaysia, mostly Asian productions, and that he was delighted to expand his knowledge of films from different countries and regions through the extensive movie collection in the CityU library where he spent his spare time. In his recent interview with Alumni Relations Office, he appreciated CityU for its support and the scholarship he received helped him focus on his studies and gave him many pleasant learning memories.

The Sunny Side of the Street has been selected by the 29th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for the Film of Merit and for competition at the 18th Osaka Asian Film Festival and the 25th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.

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