KUALA LUMPUR, August 28 – The movie “Rich City Youth,” directed by Wang Li Lin and produced by Li Xin Jie, starring dual Best Actor winners Wu Kang Ren and Chen Ze Yao, continues to rake in awards, adding two more accolades to its growing list of achievements. The film has won the Best Drama Award at the 22nd New York Asian Film Festival and secured the Best Actor Award for Wu Kang Ren at the 17th FIRST Youth Film Exhibition. The momentum for “Rich City Youth” in 2023 is unstoppable, with a string of international film festival awards, leaving its director, Wang Li Lin, filled with gratitude and joy for the team’s dedication and hard work in bringing the film to life.
The movie has been creating waves since its debut at the 37th Festival International du Film de Fribourg (FIFF) in Switzerland, where it received the Jury Award and Audience Choice Award. It then went on to triumph at the 25th Far East Film Festival in Italy, taking home the Best New Director Award, Audience Choice Gold Mulberry Award, and Black Dragon Film Critic Award. The film’s success continued at the 22nd New York Asian Film Festival, where it clinched the Breakthrough New Vision Best Drama Award. In a swift turn of events, “Rich City Youth” has also earned recognition at the 17th FIRST Youth Film Exhibition in China, with Wu Kang Ren winning the Best Actor Award, marking his second Best Actor win within a day.
The award-winning actor expressed his gratitude and excitement, thanking the jury for the recognition and acknowledging the encouragement from the film festival. The movie, which showcases a fresh perspective on life in the city, resonated with audiences and critics alike, earning praise for its mature storytelling and societal significance. Wu Kang Ren’s and Chen Ze Yao’s captivating performances as Ah Bang and Ah Di in the emotionally charged storyline garnered particular acclaim, with one media outlet even suggesting that Wu Kang Ren’s portrayal is worthy of an “Actor Award.”
“Rich City Youth” has left an indelible mark on the international film circuit, winning the hearts of audiences and drawing appreciation for its exceptional performances and engaging narrative. With each award, the film continues to solidify its place as a standout work in the film industry. As the journey continues, the team behind “Rich City Youth” looks forward to meeting more friends and sharing their cinematic masterpiece with the world.