35th Hong Kong Film Awards: “Ten Years” Wins Best Film
The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards were successful held on Sunday, April 3, at the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui. Hosted by HKFA Best Actor winner Sean Lau Ching-wan (劉青雲), the ceremony honored and recognized the best films made by Hong Kong filmmakers in 2015.
Film King went to five-time nominee Aaron Kwok (郭富城), his first HKFA win as Best Actor. His Port of Call <踏血尋梅> costar, Jessie Li (春夏), won Best Actress. The first-time nominee was also nominated for Best New Performer, but she lost that award to costar Michael Ning (白只), who also won Best Supporting Actor. Best Supporting Actress went to veteran Taiwanese actress Elaine Jin (金燕玲), also from Port of Call.
Though Port of Call is acclaimed with high-caliber performances, the crime thriller did not win Best Film. The Best Film award went to the low-budget feature Ten Years <十年>, a movie that is set in a “darker” future where Hong Kong is under greater Chinese control. The picture is banned in Mainland China. Reportedly, China will also not be showing the broadcast of the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Ten Years win, however, was not without controversy in Hong Kong. Although it was a sleeper hit and a box office success, it was neither the highest-grossing nor the most successful film released in Hong Kong last year. Businessman and film investor Peter Lam (林建岳) said Ten Years, which was produced with a budget of only $600,000 HKD, lacked in many other technical areas and was not nominated in any other categories besides Best Film.
“Ten Years win is unfair to many filmmakers,” said Lam. “It means the government has kidnapped professionalism. It politicalizes an awards ceremony about filmmaking.”
Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Film: “Ten Years”
Best Director: Tsui Hark for “The Taking of Tiger Mountain”
Best Screenplay: Philip Yung for “Port of Call”
Best Actor: Aaron Kwok for “Port of Call”
Best Actress: Jessie Li for “Port of Call”
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Ning for “Port of Call”
Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Jin for “Port of Call”
Best New Performer: Michael Ning for “Port of Call”
Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle for “Port of Call”
Best Film Editing: Cheung Ka-fai for “Ip Man 3”
Best Art Direction: William Chang, Alfred Yau for “Office”
Best Costume Make Up Design: Kenneth Yee for “Monster Hunt”
Best Action Choreography: Nicky Li for “Ip Man 3”
Best Sound Design: Kinson Tsang, George Lee, Yiu Chun-hin for “The Taking of Tiger Mountain”
Best Visual Effects: Jason Snell, Ellen Poon, Tang Binding for “Monster Hunt”
Best Original Film Score: Lo Ta-yu, Keith Chan for “Office”
Best Original Film Song: “We Almost Fly” for “She Remembers, He Forgets”
Best New Director: Raman Hui for “Monster Hunt”
Best Film of Mainland China and/or Taiwan: “The Assassin”
Most Professional Award: Chow Wing-kwong
Lifetime Achievement Award: Li Li-hua
Best Dressed: Jacky Cheung, Karena Lam
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.