2012 Hong Kong Film Awards Nominations Revealed; “Let the Bullets Fly” Tops With 13 Nominations

The nominations for the 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards were formally announced the day before.  Tsui Hark’s <徐克 > Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龙门飞甲> and Jiang Wen’s (姜文) Let the Bullets Fly <让子弹飞> were nominated in 13 awards categories. Peter Chan’s (陈可辛) Wu Xia <武侠> picked up 12 nominations, Felix Chong (庄文强) and Alan Mak’s (麦兆辉) Overheard 2 <窃听风云2> received 9 nominations, and Ann Hui’s (许鞍华 ) A Simple Life <桃姐> and Johnnie To’s (杜琪峰) Life Without Principle <夺命金> had 8 nominations.

In the Best Actor category, Jiang Wen (姜文 ) and Ge You (葛优 ) were both nominated in the Best Actor category for their performances in Let the Bullets Fly. Interestingly, Chow Yun Fat (周润发) was omitted from the nomination list despite receiving lead billing in Let the Bullets Fly. Sean Lau (刘青云) was nominated twice in the Best Actor category, for Overheard 2 and Life Without Principle. Andy Lau 刘德华 (who received the Golden Horse Best Actor Award for his performance in A Simple Life) was also nominated in the Best Actor category.

Receiving critical acclaim for her performance in A Simple Life, Deanie Ip (叶德娴 ) won the Best Actress Award at the 68th Annual Venice Film Festival and also the 48th Annual Golden Horse Awards earlier. Deanie Ip was a hot favorite to win the Best Actress Award at the 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards as well.

Other actresses nominated in the Best Actress category include Gao Yuanyuan (高圆圆) for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart <单身男女>, Shu Qi (舒淇) for A Beautiful Life <不再让你孤单>, Tang Wei (汤唯 ) for Wu Xia <武侠>, and Zhou Xun (周迅) for Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龙门飞甲>.

Former HKFA Best Actress winners, Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 ), was nominated for her performance in Let the Bullets Fly, while Kara Hui (惠英红 ) was nominated for Wu Xia in the Best Supporting Actress categories. Last year’s HKFA Best Actor recipient, Nicholas Tse (谢霆锋) was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for Shaolin <新少林寺>. Carina Lau was very happy for her nomination, expressing her gratitude towards Director, Jiang Wen, and Ge You.

Donnie Yen (甄子丹 )was nominated for the Best Action Choreography Award for Wu Xia, competing with notable action choreographers such as Ching Siu Tong  (程小东) for The Sorcerer and the White Snake <白蛇传说> and Yuen Kwai (元奎) for Shaolin <新少林寺>.

The 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Local stations, TVB, nowTV, RTHK Radio 2, and Mainland’s CCTV6, will be broadcasting the awards ceremony live.

Best Picture:
– Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龙门飞甲>
– Let The Bullets Fly <让子弹飞>
– Life Without Principle <夺命金>
– Overheard 2 <窃听风云2>
– A Simple Life <桃姐>
Best Director:
– Tsui Hark (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Jiang Wen (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Johnnie To (Life Without Principle)
– Alan Mak, Felix Chong (Overheard 2)
– Ann Hui (A Simple Life)
Best Actor:
– Ge You (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Jiang Wen (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Sean Lau (Life Without Principle)
– Sean Lau (Overheard 2)
– Andy Lau (A Simple Life)
Best Actress:
– Gao Yuanyuan (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
– Shu Qi (A Beautiful Life)
– Tang Wei (Wu Xia)
– Deanie Ip (A Simple Life)
– Zhou Xun (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
Best Supporting Actor:
– Paul Chun Pui (A Simple Life)
– Lo Hoi Pang (Life Without Principle)
– Kenneth Tsang (Overheard 2)
– Nicholas Tse (Shaolin)
– Jimmy Wang (Wu Xia)
Best Supporting Actress:
– Kwai Lun Mei (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Kara Hui Ying (Wu Xia)
– Carina Lau (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Qin Hailu (A Simple Life)
– So Hang Suen (Life Without Principle)
Best Screenplay:
– Wai Ka Fai, Yau Nai Hoi, Ray Chan, Jevons Au (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
– Zhu Sujin, Shu Ping, Jiang Wen, Guo Junli, Wei Xiao, Li Bukong (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Au Kin-Yee, Wong King Fai (Life Without Principle)
– Alan Mak, Felix Chong (Overheard 2)
– Susan Chan (A Simple Life)
Best New Artist:
– Jam Hsiao (The Killer Who Never Kills)
– Sheng Chien (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Shiga Lin (Lan Kwai Fong)
– Karena Ng (Magic to Win)
– Zheng Shuang (Mural)
Best Cinematography:
– Johnny Choi (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Zhao Fei (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Anthony Pun (Overheard 2)
– Nelson Yu (A Simple Life)
– Jake Pollack, Lai Yiu Fai (Wu Xia)
Best Editing:
– Yau Chi Wai (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Jiang Wen, Cao Wei Jie (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Curran Pang (Overheard 2)
– David Richardson (Life Without Principle)
– Derek Hui (Wu Xia)
Best Art Direction:
– Yee Chung Man, Ben Lau (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Wong Kar Lang, Gao Yiguang, Yu Qinghua (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Yee Chung Man, Ben Lau (Shaolin)
– Daniel Lee (White Vengeance)
– Yee Chung Man, Sun Li (Wu Xia)
Best Costume Design and Make-Up:
– Lai Hsuan Wu (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– William Cheung (Let The Bullets Fly)
– Bobo Ng (Mural)
– Debby Wong, Eddie Mok (White Vengeance)
– Dora Ng (Wu Xia)
Best Action Design:
– Yuen Bun, Sun Jian Kui, Allen Lan (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Li Chung Chi, Ailen Sit (Let the Bullets Fly)
– Corey Yuen, Yuen Tak, Li Chung Chi (Shaolin)
– Ching Siu Tung (The Sorcerer and the White Snake)
– Donnie Yen (Wu Xia)
Best Original Film Score:
– Chan Kwong Wing (A Beautiful Life)
– William Hu, Li Hanjiang, Gu Xin (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Chan Kwong Wing (Overheard 2)
– Henry Lai (White Vengeance)
– Chan Kwong Wing, Peter Kam, Chatchai Pongprapaphan (Wu Xia)
Best Original Song:
– 錯過了地址 (from A Beautiful Life)
– 兩生花 (from Hi, Fidelity)
– 水漫金山 (from Life Without Principle)
– 悟 (from Shaolin)
– 迷走江湖 (from Wu Xia)
Best Sound Design:
– Kim Seok Won (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Wen Bo, Wang Gang (Let the Bullets Fly)
– Kinson Tsang (Overheard 2)
– Phyllis Cheng, Lam Siu Yu (White Vengeance)
– Nopawat Likitwong, Traithep Wongpaiboon (Wu Xia)
Best Visual Effects:
– Kim Wook, Josh Cole, Frankie Chung (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)
– Victor Wong, Eman Tse (Let the Bullets Fly)
– Christopher Bremble (Mural)
– Ryu Hee Jung, Eddy Wong, Ken Law (The Sorcerer and the White Snake)
– Yung Kwok Yin, Andy Kang (Wu Xia)
Best Chinese-language Film from the Two Coasts: 
– The Flowers of War (CHINA)
– If You Are The One 2 (CHINA)
– Starry Starry Night (CHINA/TAIWAN)
– Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (TAIWAN)
– You Are The Apple Of My Eye (TAIWAN)
Best New Director:
– Calvin Poon (Hi, Fidelity)
– Jessey Tsang (Big Blue Lake)
– Bill Yip (Cure)

Watch Trailers of the 5 Films Nominated for Best Picture!

Let the Bullets Fly Trailer
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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Trailer
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A Simple Life Trailer
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Life Without Principle Trailer
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Overheard 2 Trailer
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Excerpt from 21CN.com
Jayne: Wow, a very exciting nominations list for the 31st Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. A lot of big stars on the list, expect to see a star-studded red carpet on April 15th.
I was quite excited when I saw the trailer for Let the Bullets Fly last year, but never got a chance to see the film. I suspect it will have a good chance in getting the Best Picture Award, with A Simple Life as its biggest competitor. while Deanie Ip will win Best Actress, and Andy Lau may be a strong contender too. In the Best Supporting Actor category, I root for Kenneth Tsang Kong, an amazing veteran actor. Has he won any HKFA awards in the past?

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  1. SURPRINGLY, Chen Kun did not get nominated for his role in Flying Sword. He was the most outstanding actor in that film.

  2. Deanie Ip will win because she won the major western awards so if she doesn’t win for this much lower standard of grading award, I wonder who should then?

  3. I watched Overheard 2 the other night and yes Kenneth Tsang is just great! Btw you can watch him in one of the episodes in ICAC 2011 RTHK.

    1. Yes, Overheard 2 is very good by my standard. Hope they win.

      But ‘Let the bullets fly’ is very average. wasted my 2 hrs.

    2. exoidus,
      Kenneth Tsang is my favorite veteran male actor, closely followed by Paul Chun. Kenneth appeared in a few Hollywood movies, such as “Anna and the King” and “James Bond Die Another Day.” He speaks very good English and has such screen presence.

      This year’s HKFA nomination list looks quite exciting. The actor I want the most to win a HKFA award this year is Kenneth Tsang. I don’t think he has won this award in the past.

      1. I got this information from wikipedia. Kenneth Tsang graduated from UC Berkeley with an architecture degree. No wonder his english is so good. He’s my favorite veteran male actor too! Go Kenneth!

      2. Yea, Kenneth used to go to school in the US before. I heard that he did not like his job as an architect so he entered the acting field… Glad that he did since he is a great actor.

      3. Oops. Sorry, wrong info. I thought you were talking about Kenneth Ma.

      4. hah architecture degree… reminds me of my unemployment disposition in this down economy.

    3. i just finish watching Overheard 2 and i noticed Kenneth Tsang was wearing a hearing aid. Was that part of the movie or did he really need one? old age?…

  4. I used to see him in a lot of TVB series and loved his acting. I really miss seeing him in series but of course now that he has entered a different realm in his acting, I will not be seeing him series anymore. The last series that I ever saw him in was Liu Xing Hua Yuan(Meteor Garden)2. His role was not that big but he did a great job as always.

  5. Why is Louis Koo not nominated? He is the best talent in Hong Kong or even internationally. Many of the past acting awards winners in both Hong Kong and Taiwan I feel are no match for him.

    1. Louis Koo is popular and box office draw but indeed I rarely heard of critics applauding him for ‘acting’ awards.

  6. Congratulations to “A Simple Life ” for winning

    1. Best Film
    2. Best Director
    3. Best Screenplay
    4. Best Actress – Deanie Ip
    5. Best Actor – Andy Lau

    A round of applause 🙂

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