Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife Of A Spy picked up best film at the 15th Asian Film Awards (AFA), held at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) tonight (October 8).
The Japanese wartime romance, which won a Silver Lion in Venice last year, also picked up awards for best actress (Aoi Yu) and costume design (Koketsu Haruki).
Zhang Yimou was named best director for his Cultural Revolution drama One Second, which recently opened the San Sebastian film festival. Zhang’s other nominated feature, spy thriller Cliff Walkers, won in the editing category (Li Yongyi).
Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong (Burning) was jury president for this year’s AFA and on hand at the ceremony, which was held at the Paradise Hotel in Busan with both in-person and online participation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The AFA is run by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), jointly established in 2013 by the international film festivals of Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo. This is Busan’s second year hosting the awards, which have previously been held in Hong Kong and Macau.
Full list of winners:
Wife Of A Spy
Zhang Yimou – One Second
Yoo Ah-in – Voice Of Silence
Aoi Yu – Wife Of A Spy
Chaitanya Tamhane – The Disciple
Li Yongyi – Cliff Walkers
Best visual effects
Tim Crosbie, Joy Wu – The Eight Hundred
Masoud Amini Tirani – The Wasteland
Best original music
Day Tai – The Way We Keep Dancing
Best supporting actress
Makita Aju – True Mothers
Best supporting actor
Kim Hyun-bin – The Silent Forest
Best production design
Kenneth Mak – Limbo
Best costume design
Koketsu Haruki – Wife Of A Spy
Nopawat Likitwong – Limbo
Best new director
Hong Eui-jeong – Voice Of Silence
Liu Haocun – One Second
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