The Chinese director claimed the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival, part of a wave of Asian success at the world's most prestigious movie event. Jia's A Touch of Sin focuses on rampant corruption by telling the true stores of four people driven to acts of desperation by official exploitation. Jia's film wasn't the only controversial winner. The Palme d'Or went to Blue is the Warmest Colour, a graphic tale of lesbian love in France.
The Hong Kong-based Austrian made history, becoming the ninth person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest and its near-neighbour Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest mountain, within 24 hours. Niel's feat coincided with the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.
Rex Tso Sing-yu
The Hong Kong boxer stretched his unbeaten record to nine with a TKO victory over former world champion Wandee Singwancha at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tso floored the 33-year-old Thai seconds into the fight, adding to his burgeoning reputation. He is now eyeing a bout for the WBC Asian title as he builds towards a world title attempt.