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Chan adds best director award to his trophy shelf

HONG KONG (AP) -- Jackie Chan has received a lot of awards during a career that's spanned 50 years, but a director award is absent from his trophy shelves.

The action star took home the Best Director for his 100th film, "Chinese Zodiac." He was among entertainers honored at the Huading Awards in Hong Kong on Wednesday night.

Chan was all smiles backstage because he says this award didn't come easy. He says directors like Stanley Kwan and Tsui Hark "move the camera and have fun with it." But he says the tempo is faster in an action film, and it's harder to win directing awards.

Bing: Chan to retire from action genre

He added: "I think I also got lucky."

Chan said last year he thought "Chinese Zodiac" would be his last action movie, and he'll focus on other genres.

In other awards, Fan Bing Bing won Best Actress for "Double Exposure." She's an A-lister in her native China, but her Hollywood debut in "Iron Man 3" was reportedly cut back.

Fan said that as long as she had fun shooting, even if it was a small cameo, it doesn't bother her: "I think it's important to have a good time, and I was helping some friends out. It's fine."

Best Actor winner Nicholas Tse said he was happy about his win and thanked the cast and crew of the winning film "The Bullet Vanishes."

"Cold War" was named Best Film, and a lifetime achievement award went to filmmaker Raymond Chow.

The Huading Awards winners in some categories are selected by industry experts, while others are voted by viewers.

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Apr 12, 2013 9:21AM
I have always been impressed that he could make movies that did well and still keep them clean. It seems like all of the movies that do well are full of bad language and crudity. Good job Jackie Chan!
Apr 12, 2013 11:29AM
Although the film did not receive a great response from the critics, I thought it was fun to watch. Action packed, fast paced, and interesting story line... what more could you ask for. With a cast that included an A-List actor from South Korea, Jackie Chan has paid his dues more so than others within this industry. If you're interested in really seeing him act... check out the movie "Shaolin", it's definitely worth watching. Didn't really appreciate the fact that he could act until I saw this film along with "Police Story". After watching these two movies I had a different opinion of him as an actor.
Apr 12, 2013 8:42AM
Well, good for him.  Maybe he'll decide to stay in China and do us all a favor....
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