THE ASSASSIN Leads Asian Film Awards With 9 Nominations

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THE ASSASSIN Leads Asian Film Awards With 9 Nominations
Nominations for the 10th Asian Film Awards were announced today in Hong Kong, and Hou Hsiao Hsien's wuxia drama The Assassin unsurprisingly leads the pack with 9 nominations. Appearing in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, the Cannes winner will also contend for Best Cinematography, Original Music, Costume Design, Production Design and Best Sound.

Philip Yung's local crime drama Port Of Call, which has been warmly received at festivals around the world since its debut at last year's Hong Kong International Film Festival, secured 5 nominations, including Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Newcomer and Best Editing, but missed out in the major categories.

Joining The Assassin in the Best Picture race are Mountains May Depart and Mr. Six from China, Bajirao Mastani from India, Three Stories of Love from Japan and South Korean thriller Veteran. The Best Director category will see Jia Zhangke (Mountains May Depart), Ryoo Seung Wan (Veteran), Guan Hu (Mr. Six) and Koreeda Hirokazu (Our Little Sister) take on Hou Hsiao Hsien.

Mountains May Depart, Mr. Six and Veteran scored 4 nominations apiece, while Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Journey To The Shore and Wilson Yip's Ip Man 3 scored 3 nominations each. Donnie Yen and Max Zhang were both nominated for their performances, as was Ken Mak for his Production Design.

36 films have been recognised in total, hailing from 9 countries. Winners of the 10th Asian Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held at The Venetian Macao on 17 March 2016.

The nominations in full:

Best Film:
Mountains May Depart (China, France, Japan)
The Assassin (Taiwan, Hong Kong, China)
Bajirao Mastani (India)
Three Stories Of Love (Japan)
Mr. Six (China)
Veteran (South Korea)

Best Director:
Jia Zhangke - Mountains May Depart
Hou Hsiao Hsien - The Assassin
Koreeda Hirokazu - Our Little Sister
Guan Hu - Mr. Six
Ryoo Seung Wan - Veteran

Best Actor:
Donnie Yen - Ip Man 3
Nagase Masatoshi - An
Feng Xiaogang - Mr. Six
Lee Byung Hun - Inside Men
John Arcilla - Heneral Luna

Best Actress:
Zhao Tao - Mountains May Depart
Shu Qi - The Assassin
Ayase Haruka - Our Little Sister
Kim Hye Soo - Coin Locker Girl
Karena Lam - Zinnia Flower

Best Supporting Actor:
Max Zhang - Ip Man 3
Michael Ning - Port Of Call
Asano Tadanobu - Journey To The Shore
Oh Dai Soo - Assassination
Cheng Jen Shuo - Thanatos, Drunk

Best Supporting Actress:
Zhou Yun - The Assassin
Tsuchiya Anna - Gonin Saga
Cherry Ngan - Mojin - The Lost Legend
Ueno Juri - The Beauty Inside
Park So Dam - The Priests

Best Newcomer:
Vicky Kaushal - Masaan
Jessie Li - Port Of Call
Fujino Ryoko - Solomon's Perjury
Kim Seol Hyun - Gangnam Blues
Lee Hong Chi - Thanatos, Drunk
Waruntorn Paonil - Snap

Best Screenplay:
Mountains May Depart
Port Of Call
Journey To The Shore

Best Editing:
Port Of Call
Bajirao Mastani
Jing Bing Man

Best Cinematography:
Port Of Call
The Assassin
Gonin Saga
Mr. Six

Best Original Music:
The Assassin
Bajirao Mastani
Bombay Velvet
Journey to The Shore
The Throne

Best Costume Design:
The Assassin
Bajirao Mastani
The Throne
Heneral Luna

Best Production Design:
Ip Man 3
The Assassin
Inside Men
Heneral Luna

Best Visual Effects:
Monster Hunt
Baahubali: The Beginning
Bajirao Mastani
Attack On Titan
The Tiger

Best Sound:
Monster Hunt
The Assassin
The Inerasable

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