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The ceremony for the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards was held yesterday. Leading with the most awards is John Woo’s historical war film Red Cliff with 5 winners for Best Art Direction, Best Costume & Makeup Design, Best Sound Effect, Best Visual Effect and Best Original Film Score. Ann Hui’s drama The Way We Are followed closely behind with 4 winners including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In the Best Picture category, Wilson Yip’s martial arts biopic Ip Man was declared the winner. The film also picked up the award for Best Action Direction. It was a glorious night for Xu Jiao, the little girl portraying a boy in CJ7 as she took home the hardware for Best New Actor.
The complete list of winners is after the break.
- Al Young
This week's Asian Cinema Scene travels to Hong Kong and Los Angeles, showcasing recent and upcoming films.
Hong Kong Film Awards. Wilson Yip's galvanizing martial arts biopic Ip Man won the Best Film award at the annual ceremony held on Sunday, according to China Daily. Donnie Yen stars as a respected Wing Chun master who ultimately is forced to use his martial arts skills to defend his country's honor against the invading Japanese in the late 1930s. Sammo Hung and Tony Leung Siu-Hung deservedly won the Best Action Design award for their work on the film. (My capsule review and the trailer.)
The other big winner doesn't feature any martial arts or big battle scenes. Low-budget drama The Way We Are won for Best Director (Ann Hui), Best Actress (Bau Hei-Jing), Supporting Actress (Chan Lai-Wun), and Best Screenplay (Lui Yau-Wah). Edmund Lee in Time Out Hong Kong sniffed that it's a "crowd-pleasing film that, »
- Peter Martin
A biopic about Bruce Lee's kung fu mentor has taken the top prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards, scooping Best Picture.
But the movie, which was nominated for a total of 12 awards, missed out on other key categories - documentary The Way We Are took home accolades for Best Director (Ann Hui), Best Screenplay (Lou Shiu Wa), Best Actress (Paw Hee Ching) and Best Supporting Actress (Chan Lai Wun).
Nick Cheung was applauded for his portrayal of a kidnapper in The Best Stalker, earning him the Best Actor title, while Liu Kai-chi was handed Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film.
Other winners at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards include Xu Jiao (Best New Performer for her role in CJ7), Josephine Siao (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Ting Yu for Professional Achievement. »
As Hong Kong celebrates 100 years of filmmaking, Wilson Yip’s biopic Ip Man (above, top image), starring Donnie Yen as Bruce Lee’s kung fu master, was chosen best picture of the year at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards. However, the small-scale docudrama The Way We Are (above, bottom image), set in the working-class town of Tin Shui Wai near the border with China, took home most of the top awards, including best director (Ann Hui), actress (Paw Hee-ching), supporting actress (Chan Lai Wun) and screenplay (Lou Shiu Wa). The best actor winner was Nick Cheung, who plays a kidnapper in the action thriller The Beast Stalker, while Liu Kai Chi received the best supporting actor award for his work in the same film. The best new performer award went to 11-year-old Xu Jiao for her performance in Stephen Chow’s sci-fi film Cj 7. John Woo’s expensive historical epic »
- Andre Soares
2009 Hong Kong Film Awards 2009 Hong Kong Film Award nominations: Feb. 12 2009 Hong Kong Film Award winners: Apr. 19 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Donnie Yen in Wilson Yip’s Ip Man, a biopic of Bruce Lee’s kung fu master. Best Film The Way We Are (prods: Ann Hui & Wong Yat Ping) Red Cliff (prods: Terence Chang & John Woo) Cj 7 (prods: Stephen Chow, Chui Po Chu, Han San Ping, Vincent Kok, Shi Dong Ming, Connie Wong) Painted Skin (prod: Gordon Chan Ka Seung) * Ip Man (prod: Raymond Wong Pak Ming) Best Asian Film If You Are The One (China) Cape No. 7 (Taiwan) Suspect X (Japan) Forever Enthralled (China) * Assembly (China) Best Director * Ann Hui On Wah (The Way We Are) Johnnie To Kei Fung (Sparrow) John Woo (Red Cliff) Benny Chan (Connected) Yip Wai Shun (Ip Man) Best New Director * Derek Kwok (The Moss) Heiward Mak (High Noon) Ivy Ho (Claustrophobia »
- Irene Young
Last year at this time the lady-friend and I were putting together the final preparations for a trip to Italy. The purpose? To visit the Udine Far East Film Festival, then entering its tenth edition, a festival that immediately lived up to its reputation as one of the very greatest showcases of Asian film on the planet. They’ve got a good thing going in Udine, an event that not only has great films and a great theater but also has a very well deserved reputation for its hospitality and for how relaxed and easily accessible all the talent that attend are. This isn’t one of those festivals that features a bunch of suits in business mode, this is where people come because they love film. We had a spectacular time and I’m more than a little upset that I wasn’t able to work it into my schedule for this year. »
- Todd Brown
The Jackie Chan starrer "Shinjuku Incident," directed by Derek Yee, and the social drama "Night and Fog," directed by Ann Hui, will serve as the opening-night films at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival, running March 22-April 13.
Jia Zhangke's "24 City," starring Joan Chen, will close the fest.
The lineup, announced Thursday, also includes six gala premieres, including Wong Kar Wai's "Ashes of Time Redux"; Oliver Stone's "W."; the Kristin Scott Thomas starrer "I've Loved You So Long"; Dane Lam's "The Sniper"; Udayan Prasad's "The Yellow Handerkief," starring William Hurt and Maria Bello; and DreamWorks Animation's 3-D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens."
In the gala presentation, titles include "J.C.V.D.," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme; Academy Award nominee "The Baader Meinhof Complex," from Germany; the India/U.S. co-production "Chandni Chowk to China"; and Bill Maher's documentary "Religulous."
Running concurrently with Hong Kong Film and Television »
7 items from 2009
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