April 22, 2009

Local Films Triumph At Hong Kong Film Awards

Local productions were the big winners in this year's Hong Kong Film Awards held on 19th April. Big-budget co-productions like Red Cliff lost out to movies with a local flavor like The Way We Are in the major award categories like Best Director and Best Actor. But Donnie Yen's kungfu masterpiece Ip Man did not disappoint, winning the Best Picture award. I guess sometimes small and intimate films appeal more when audiences become jaded by huge and expensive co-production films with similar styles and themes...

Best Picture: Ip Man YesAsia.com
Best Director: Ann Hui (The Way We Are)
Best Actor: Nick Cheung (The Beast Stalker)
Best Actress: Paw Hee-Ching (The Way We Are)
Best Supporting Actor: Liu Kai-Chi (The Beast Stalker)
Best Supporting Actress: Chan Lai-Wun (The Way We Are)
Best New Performer: Eleven year-old Xu Jiao (CJ7)
Best Screenplay: Lou Shiu-wa (The Way We Are)

The nominee list can be found on the official website here. The complete awards list can be found here.

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