Ann Hui’s gritty drama The Way We Are scooped best director and three other prizes at the Hong KongFilm Awards last night, although the best film prize went to martial arts biopic Ip Man, produced byRaymond Wong and directed by Wilson Yip.
The Way We Are also picked up best screenplay, best actress for Paw Hee-ching and best supporting actress for Chan Lai-wun. The film revolves around residents of Tin Shui Wai, a town in Hong Kong’s New Territories dubbed the “City of Sadness” due to a string of domestic violence cases.
Mandarin Films’ Ip Man, based on the life story of Bruce Lee’s kung-fu master, also scooped the award for best action choreography. Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, who presented Josephine Siao with the Lifetime Achievement Award last night, is also preparing a film about Ip Man, although it promises to be very different in style to Yip’s film.
Nick Cheung picked up best actor and Liu Kai-chi took best supporting actor – both for Dante Lam’s acclaimed action title The Beast Stalker. Chinese child actress Xu Jiao was awarded best new performer for playing the son of Stephen Chow’s character in CJ7.
John Woo’s Red Cliff bagged the biggest amount of prizes, although these were all in the techical categories including best art direction and best costume & make-up design for Tim Yip, best sound design, best visual effects and best original score.
The 28th Hong Kong Film Awards, which were held Sunday, April 19 in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, wrap up the month-long Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, which also included Filmart, the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).
Full list of winners:
Best film: Ip Man (prod: Raymond Wong / dir: Wilson Yip)
Best director: Ann Hui – The Way We Are
Best screenplay: Lou Shiu-wa – 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 Best Stalker
Best supporting actress: Chan Lai-wun – The Way We Are
Best new performer: Xu Jiao – CJ7
Best cinematography: Arthur Wong – Painted Skin
Best film editing: Yau Chi-wai – Connected
Best art direction: Tim Yip – Red Cliff
Best costume & make-up design: Tim Yip – Red Cliff
Best action choreography: Sammo Hung & Tony Leung Siu-hung – Ip Man
Best sound design: Wu Jiang & Roger Savage – Red Cliff
Best visual effects: Craig Hayes – Red Cliff
Best original score: Taro Iwashiro – Red Cliff
Best original film song: Jane Zhang – Painted Skin
Best new director: Derek Kwok – The Moss
Best Asian film – Assembly
Lifetime Achievement Award: Josephine Siao Fong-fong
Professional Achievement Award: Ting Yu