Nicolas Cage is an actor, director, and producer whose remarkable versatility has led to great success across all genres for over three decades. In 2017, he starred in Brian Taylor’s critically acclaimed black comedy, Mom and Dad, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and screened at IFFAM last year. This year, Cage stars in Panos Cosmatos’ groundbreaking Mandy, which had its world premiere at the Sundance film festival in 2018.
During his early career, Cage starred in a variety of classic films including Valley Girl (1983), Racing with the Moon (1984), Birdy (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Vampire’s Kiss (1989), Wild at Heart (1990), Fire Birds (1990), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), and Red Rock West (1993).
Cage received an Academy Award among many other awards for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) before coming to the attention of worldwide audiences with mainstream blockbusters, such as The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), City of Angels (1998) and National Treasure 1 and 2 (2004, 2007). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance in Adaptation (2002). He also directed the film, Sonny (2002) and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and The Life of David Gale (2003).
More recently, Cage appeared in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Kick-Ass (2010), Drive Angry (2011), The Croods (2013), Joe (2013) and Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog (2016).
Aaron Kwok is a Hong Kong actor, singer, and dancer, awarded “Asia Pacific’s most popular artist” award in 1999. He has performed at more than 400 concerts in Hong Kong, China and overseas.
In 2005 the Hong Kong Dance Federation presented him with the Hong Kong Dancer of the Year Award and he remains the only singer who has won this honour in celebration of his dancing and stage performances.
His film credits include “The Bare-Footed Kid”, ”Somebody Up There”, ”The Storm Warriors”, ”China Strike Force”, ”Para Para Sakura”, “After This Our Exile” and “Divergence” for which he won Best Actor at the 42nd Golden Horse Awards in 2005. The following year he won the same award for his work in “After This Our Exile”. Since the he has appeared in “Emperor of Silver”, “The Detective”, ”The Murderer”, ”The Storm Warriors 2”, ”The Detective 2”, “City Under Siege”, ”Love for Life”, ”Love in Space”, ”Floating City”, ”Cold War I”, ”The Detective 3”, ”Christmas Rose”, ”Silent Witness”, ”The Monkey King”, ”Monk Comes Down the Mountain”,”One Night Only”, ”The Monkey King 2”, ”MBA Partners” and “Port of Call” which won Kwok the Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Festival.
Aaron Kwok is a UNICEF Ambassador for the Asia Pacific Regions and the creator of the Aaron Kwok International Charity Fun which was established to help minority groups and develop better living environments in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
LIM YOON A (a.k.a YOONA)
Lim Yoon A, also known as Yoona, is one of the most recognizable names in Asian entertainment. She is of course one of the members of popular and prominent K-pop group Girls’ Generation, but she has also blossomed to become a rising star in TV and film in recent years.
Among her more significant TV series are You Are My Destiny (2008), Cinderella Man (2009), Prime Minister & I (2013), Chinese drama God of War, Zhao Yun (2016), The K2 (2016) and The King In Love (2017). She received acclaim and awards for her work in these series which have been broadcast across the globe.
She made her film debut in Confidential Assignment directed by Kim Sung Hoon (2017) and she won the Most Popular Actress in the Baeksang & Seoul Awards for her performance in the film. She has also been cast in the leading female role in Exit directed by Lee Sang Eun and scheduled for release in 2019.
As a theatre studies graduate of Dongguk University, she is been involved in numerous charitable organisations and in 2015, she was recognized by South Korea’s Honour Society for her contributions to charitable and voluntary work.