'The Grandmaster' dominates Hong Kong Film Awards

Malaysian actress Crystal Lee, who stars in Unbeatable, was nominated for a best supporting actress award. 

The film bagged the biggest award of the night, a best director nod for Wong Kar-wai and more.

Martial arts fantasy The Grandmaster enjoyed a bonanza on Sunday with 12 wins at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards including best movie and best director for Wong Kar-wai.

It was Wong’s third win at the prestigious event after 1990s cult hits – Days Of Being Wild and Chungking Express.

“I am proud to be part of Hong Kong cinema,” he said paying homage to his home in a brief media session after the glittering ceremony.

The action epic inspired by the life of kungfu master Yip Man secured accolades in most of the major categories, including best screenplay and best cinematography.

Best actress and actor winners Zhang Ziyi and Nick Cheung at the Hong Kong Film Awards. -- AFP

Chinese star Zhang Ziyi, was crowned best actress, for her performance as the daughter of a kungfu master who fell for Yip in the film.

“It was an uneasy journey. I have gained a lot (from the movie) for my own life,” Zhang said on stage at the event at Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre. Last month, The Grandmaster snapped up seven awards at the Asian Film Awards in Macau.

The movie’s production spanned several years and touched upon several decades of Chinese history as well as rivalry between various martial arts masters.

Yip, played by Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai, was the mentor for legendary martial arts movie star Bruce Lee and is believed to have played a key role in shaping him during his childhood days.

The best actor award went to Nick Cheung for his role in action thriller Unbeatable as a former boxing champion who struggled to redeem himself in the ring.

“I didn’t think I should get the awards necessarily as the competitors were very strong,” Cheung told reporters at a press conference late Sunday.

Malaysian actress Crystal Lee, who stars in Unbeatable, was nominated for a best supporting actress award. 

The awards also saw low-budget dance feature The Way We Dance snap up three awards, including best new director for Adam Wong.

Together with Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony is one of the Chinese film industry’s most prestigious events. — AFP Relaxnews

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Best film: The Grandmaster

Best director: Wong Kar-wai (The Grandmaster)

Best screenplay: Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng, Wong Kar-wai (The Grandmaster)

Best actor: Nick Cheung Ka-fai (Unbeatable)

Best actress: Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)

Best supporting actor: Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster)

Best supporting actress: Kara Wai Ying-hung (Rigor Mortis)

Best new performer: Babyjohn Choi (The Way We Dance)

Best cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Best film editing: William Chang Suk-ping, Benjamin Courtines, Poon Hung-yiu (The Grandmaster)

Best art direction: William Chang Suk-ping & Alfred Yau Wai-ming (The Grandmaster)

Best costume & make up design: William Chang Suk-ping (The Grandmaster)

Best action choreography: Yuen Wo-ping (The Grandmaster)

Best original film score: Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly (The Grandmaster)

Best sound design: Robert Mackenzie & Traithep Wongpaiboon (The Grandmaster)

Best visual effects: Enoch Chan (Rigor Mortis)

Best new director: Adam Wong (The Way We Dance)

Best film from Mainland China and Taiwan: So Young

Best original film song: DoughBoy & Shimica Wong (The Way We Dance)

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