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Mystery, Outrage take top prizes at Asian Film Awards

Lou Ye’s Mystery scooped best film and two other prizes at the Asian Film Awards last night, while Japan’s Takeshi Kitano took best director for Outrage Beyond.

Mystery also took the best newcomer award for Chinese actress Qi Xi’s performance, along with best script, which was co-written by Lou, Mei Feng and Yu Fan.

The Philippines swept both the best actor and actress categories. Best actress went to Nora Aunor for her performance in Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb, while best actor went to Eddie Garcia for playing a grumpy old gay man in Bwakaw.

Best supporting actress went to Japan’s Makiko Watanabe for Capturing Dad, while India’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui took best supporting actor for his role as a gun-toting gangster in Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Bahman Ghobadi’s Rhino Season triumphed in the technical categories, taking best cinematographer, best production design and best visual effects.

India’s Barfi! took best composer (Pritam Chakraborty), while best editor went to Japan’s The Kirishma Thing (Mototaka Kusakabe) and best costume designer to Hong Kong-China co-production The Silent War (Man Lim-chung).

Other awardees included Michelle Yeoh who was presented with the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, while Xu Zheng’s Lost In Thailand took the 2012 Top-Grossing Asian Film Award.

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