Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul echoed his Cannes Palme d’Or victory at the Asian Film Awards last night, winning best film for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
Korea’s Lee Chang-dong was awarded best director and best screenplay for Poetry, also repeating its win for best screenplay at last year’s Cannes.
Best actor went to Ha Jung-woo for Korean thriller The Yellow Sea, directed by Na Hong-jin, while China’s Xu Fan took best actress for her husband Feng Xiaogang’s disaster movie Aftershock. Mark Chao You-ting was awarded best newcomer for his role in Taiwanese gangster drama Monga.
Best supporting actor went to Hong Kong’s Sammo Hung for Ip Man 2 and best supporting actress to Korea’s Yoon Yeo-jeong for The Housemaid.
Taiwan’s Mark Lee Ping-bin was awarded best cinematographer for his work on Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood, while Hayashida Yuji took best production designer for 13 Assassins. Indian rock band Indian Ocean scooped the award for best music score for Peepli Live.
Aftershock also took the best visual effects prize for the work of Phil Jones, along with the Asian Film Award for Top Grossing Film of 2010. Best editing went to Nam Na-young for Korean thriller I Saw The Devil, while Hong Kong’s William Chang Suk-ping took best costume designer for Let The Bullets Fly.
Kim Dong-ho, the former director of the Busan International Film Festival, was presented with the Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema, while Golden Harvest co-founder Raymond Chow took the Asian Film Award for Lifetime Achievement. Special prizes also included the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award which was presented to Fortissimo Films.