‘The Golden Era’ tops Hong Kong Film Awards

“The Golden Era”, a biopic of an acclaimed Chinese writer in the 1930s, yesterday won praise from the city’s prestigious film academy, scooping five prizes including best movie at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The three-hour drama tells the story of renowned novelist Xiao Hong, whose short life battered by disease and political unrest was set against her literary success.

In the ceremony at the Cultural Centre, the film snapped up the awards for best costume and make up, best cinematography and best art direction, as well as best director for Ann Hui On-wah.

“I am feeling very thankful. It wasn’t an easy one to make. It took a lot of trial and error,” Hui told reporters at backstage.

Thriller “Overheard 3” also won three gongs at the glittering ceremony which, together with Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, is one of the Chinese film industry’s most prestigious events.

“Overheard 3” revolves around a row between developers over a controversial residential project in one of Hong Kong’s lesser-known rural towns.

The movie’s star Sean Lau Ching-wan took home the best actor title.

“I want to thank every one who loves Hong Kong and Hong Kong movies,” Lau, who played a villager-turned property tycoon in the film, said.

The best actress prize went to Chinese favourite Zhao Wei, who played a foster mother in “Dearest” – beating out compatriot Tang Wei, who was nominated for her role as Xiao Hong in “The Golden Era”.

The night also proved to be prolific for Ivana Wong, who was named best new performer and best supporting actress for her role as a prostitute in “Golden Chicken SSS”.

Wong said: “When I am shooting the next movie I will feel the pressure.”

Full Winning List:

Best Film:

The Golden Era

Best Actor:

Sean Lau Ching-wan (Overheard 3)

Best Actress:

Zhao Wei (Dearest)

Best Director:

Ann Hui On-wah (The Golden Era)

Best Screenplay:

Alan Mak Shiu-fai and Felix Chong Man-keung (Overheard 3)

Best Supporting Actor:

Kenneth Tsang (Overheard 3)

Best Supporting Actress:

Ivana Wong (Golden Chicken SSS)

Best New Performer:

Ivana Wong (Golden Chicken SSS)

Best Cinematography:

Wang Yu (The Golden Era)

Best Film Editing:

David Wu (The Crossing I)

Best Art Direction:

Zhao Hai (The Golden Era)

Best Costume and Make Up Design:

Man Lim-chung (The Golden Era)

Best Action Choreography:

Donnie Yen, Stephen Tung Wai, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua (Kung Fu Jungle)

Best Sound Design:

Tu Duu Chih (The Crossing I)

Best Visual Effects:

Victor Wong and Bryan Cheung (Rise Of The Legend)

Best New Director:

David Lee Kwong-yiu (Insanity)

Best Original Film Score:

Ellen Loo and Veronica Lee (The Midnight After)

Best Original Film Song:

Destination (Aberdeen)

Best Film From Mainland And Taiwan:

Coming Home

Words: AFP

Photo: Ian Muttoo 

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