Charlene Choi Recognized for “Sara” Performance in Japan
Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍) has achieved critical acclaim with her unorthodox role in Hong Kong psychological thriller film Sara <雏妓>. She not only received a nomination for Best Actress at the upcoming 34th Hong Kong Film Awards but also received a Special Mention award at the 10th Osaka Asian Film Festival earlier.
The Special Mention award is not an annual award, but only given out by the judging panel for deserving recipients. A spokesperson for the Osaka Asian Film Festival explained that the award was given to Charlene because of her nuanced and multi-layered acting, which enabled her to convincingly portray the growth of her character over the span of ten years.
Portraying a teenage prostitute, Charlene was taking a big risk when she first agreed to the role. But the risk seems to have paid off. Charlene’s stellar performance has finally transformed her from a pop idol to an internationally recognized actress.
Unable to attend the Osaka Asian Film Festival, Charlene said, “I am overjoyed! Thank the judges for giving me the affirmation.” She then added that viewers’ responses were more important than receiving awards. “My biggest motivation for filming is, after all, the audience. I’m really happy to see that we’ve performed well at the box office so far.”
At the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards, Charlene will be competing with Zhou Xun (周迅), Sandra Ng (吴君如), Tang Wei (汤唯), and Vicki Zhao (赵薇) for Best Actress. On whether the Special Mention award from the Osaka Film Festival has made her feel more confident in winning Best Actress, Charlene said modestly, “I feel more relaxed now. Award or no award doesn’t really matter to me.”
This article is written by Jingles for JayneStars.com.