The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards have just been announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. 18 competitive categories were contested, with Philip Yung’s gritty crime thriller Port Of Call sweeping the board, winning a total of seven awards including all four acting categories and Best Screenplay.
However, independent anthology Ten Years will be grabbing all the headlines as it scooped the award for Best Film - the only category in which it was nominated. Chinese broadcasters in the mainland had dumped the awards ceremony from their channels after the low budget drama, which depicts Hong Kong a decade into the future, was nominated. This comes as little surprise, as Ten Years shows Hong Kong locals reeling under escalating oppression from Chinese authorities. Suffice to say, it won’t be playing in cinemas north of the border any time soon.
But it was Port Of Call’s night. Aaron Kwok won for the first time, after 5 Best Actor nominations, first-timer Jessie Li was a surprise Best Actress winner, writer-director Philip Yung scored in both categories, while stage actor Michael Ning won Best Supporting Actor and Best New Performer.
Box office smash Monster Hunt, Johnnie To’s ambitious musical Office, Tsui Hark’s wartime epic The Taking of Tiger Mountain won a brace of awards each, while Wilson Yip's Ip Man 3, Soi Cheang's SPL 2: A Time For Consequences and Adam Wong’s She Remembers, He Forgets each won a single award. In addition, Hou Hsiao Hsien’s The Assassin won the award for Best Film From Mainland China Or Taiwan.
Full list of winners:
Best Film - Ten Years
Best Director - Tsui Hark, The Taking Of Tiger Mountain
Best Actor - Aaron Kwok, Port Of Call
Best Actress - Jessie Li, Port Of Call
Best Supporting Actor - Michael Ning, Port Of Call
Best Supporting Actress - Elaine Jin, Port Of Call
Best Film from Mainland China or Taiwan - The Assassin
Best Screenplay - Port Of Call (Philip Yung)
Best Cinematography - Port Of Call (Christopher Doyle)
Best Editing - Ip Man 3 (Cheung Ka-fai)
Best Original Score - Office (Lo Tayu, Chan Fai Young)
Best Original Song - She Remembers, He Forgets (Day Tai, Saville Chan)
Best Art Direction - Office (William Cheung, Lui Fung Shan)
Best Sound Design - The Taking Of Tiger Mountain (Kinson Tsang, George Lee, Yiu Chun Hin)
Best Visual Effects - Monster Hunt (Jason Snell, Ellen Poon, Tang Bingbin)
Best Action Choreography - SPL 2: A Time Of Consequences (Li Chung Chi)
Best New Director - Raman Hui, Monster Hunt
Best New Performer - Michael Ning, Port Of Call
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