Popular Hong Kong martial arts filmmaker Sammo Hung elicited a flurry of excitement when he made his grand entrance at the 3rd Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA).
Hung, 67, accompanied by his glamorous wife Joyce Mina Godenzi, 54, walked the red carpet at Istana Budaya on Saturday night for the annual awards ceremony.
The action movie legend was in Kuala Lumpur to receive the MGGA 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, to honour his immeasurable contributions to filmmaking.
The award was presented to him by fellow Hong Kong actress Petrina Fung Bobo, 64, who is currently based in Penang while penning her memoirs.
Speaking in English, Fung teased Hung, saying that he was still very young at 67, while pointing out that Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had just celebrated his 94th birthday recently.
“My passion for filmmaking still remains strong and has never changed,” said Hung, adding he intends to continue making movies, and pick up the same award a few decades later.
A total of 12 awards were given out at the ceremony hosted by Owen Yap and Daphne Iking.
The biggest winners of the night were Iran’s Hat-trick and South Korea’s House Of Hummingbird. Both films won three awards each.
The Iranian psychological thriller Hat-trick, revolving around four middle class adults who run over something after a party, bagged awards for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Saber Abar) and Best Screenplay (Ramtin Lavafi).
The South Korean coming-of-age film House Of Hummingbird, about a neglected teenager finding her voice amid major tragedies, took home awards for Best Director (Kim Bora), Best Supporting Actress (Kim Sae-byuk) and Best Cinematography (Kang Gook-hyun).
Indonesian film 27 Steps Of May, about the fight against sexual violence, won for Best Actor (Lukman Sardi) and the New Hope Award, which is given to films that resonate with the audience.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Sara Bahrami won Best Actress for her role in Axing, about a woman who has to fight her ex-husband and his new wife for a chance to be a mother to her daughter whom she did not know was still alive.
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The festival’s opening film Nina Wu, a Taiwanese psychological #MeToo drama about a struggling actress finally getting a break, which screened out of competition, was the recipient of the Audience Choice Award.
With so many celebrities glammed up for the red carpet event, the organisers created a new award for the best dressed this year: Most Elegant Red Carpet Dress Award.
The first recipient of this award was young Malaysian actress Joey Leong. She wore a lacy white gown with a feathery train that was specially flown in from Sibu, Sarawak.
Among the attendees to the ceremony were festival ambassadors Sinje Lee and Bront Palarae, Hans Isaac, Umie Aida, Zizan Razak, Iedil Putra and Nicholas Saputra.
The jury for MGGA 2019 included Indian film director Rajkumar Hirani, South Korean cinematographer Kim Hyung-koo, Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar, Hong Kong actress Cecilia Yip, and Malaysian filmmaker Ho Yuhang.
The show opened with a crowd-pleasing cultural performance of 24 Festive Drums.
The audience was also entertained with theme songs from popular Malaysian movies (Fenomena, You Mean The World To Me, Lee Chong Wei: Rise Of Legend, Adiwiraku, OlaBola) performed by Malaysian rock legend Amy Search, and rising stars Priscilla Abby and Masya Masyitah.
The list of MGGA winners:
Best Film: Hat-trick (Ramtin Lavafi, Iran)
Best Director: Kim Bora (House Of Hummingbird, South Korea)
Best Actor: Lukman Sardi (27 Steps Of May, Indonesia)
Best Actress: Sara Bahrami (Axing, Iran)
Best Supporting Actor: Saber Abar (Hat-trick, Iran)
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Sae-byuk (House Of Hummingbird, South Korea)
Best Screenplay: Ramtin Lavafi (Hat-trick, Iran)
Best Cinematography: Kang Gook-hyun (House Of Hummingbird, South Korea)
New Hope Award: 27 Steps Of May, (Indonesia)
Audience Choice Award: Nina Wu (Taiwan)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sammo Hung (Hong Kong)
Most Elegant Red Carpet Dress Award: Joey Leong (Malaysia)