The top prize at the Deauville festival of Asian film, the Lotus d'Or was yesterday (Sun 14 March) awarded to Korean film A Good Lawyer's Wife by director Im Sang-Soo.
The festival, now in its the sixth edition, was long on Korean films and martial arts pictures. It included a retrospective tribute to Korean bad boy director Kim Ki-Duk, playing all ten of his feature films.
The festival boasted the presence of two action stars of different eras; former Shaw Brothers contract man and Kill Bill star, Gordon Liu and superstar in the making Tony Jaa, who heads the cast of Ong-Bak Muay Thai Warrior. Local celebrity Luc Besson was in town to present the film, which picked up a special Lotus in the new 'Action Asia' category. Liu presented the trilogy Enter The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin.
Other prizes included: the jury's special lotus to Singaporean director Royston Tan for 15; the best script Lotus to Japan's Haruhio Arai for Vibrator (directed by Ryuichi Hiroki); the Air France Lotus awarded by a panel of international critics to Manish Jha's Matbrubhoomi, Nation Without Women and the Suzi Wan public prize to Khuyentse Norbu's Traveller's And Musicians.