TAIPEI: Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs cleaned up at Taiwan's 40th annual Golden Horse Awards, winning in the best film, director, actor and supporting actor categories in the premier competition for Chinese-language films.
Infernal Affairs, is about the cat-and-mouse struggle between two men: One is an uncover policeman in the mob, and the other is a gangster who has infiltrated the police.
Hong Kong mega star Tony Leung, who plays the policeman, won the best actor award, while Anthony Wong, who stars as a police superintendent, was named best supporting actor.
The best director award went to Andrew Lau and Alan Mak of Infernal Affairs.
Infernal Affairs backers hope the film will compete in the Oscars. The Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong has asked the Academy Awards to include the movie, in the foreign-language category.
Hollywood studio Warner Brothers has bought the movie's remake rights, and Brad Pitt has been named as one of the film's possible stars.
Sandra Ng was named best actress for her portrayal in Golden Chicken of a Hong Kong prostitute whose career spans 30 years.
Lin Mei-sui of the Taiwanese film Black Dog is Coming was named best supporting actress.
Best original film score went to Marco Wan for Color of the Truth, a police story about friendship and corruption in Hong Kong.
Liao Pen-jung was named best cinematographer for The Missing, a Taiwanese film about a grandmother's frantic search for her grandson who goes missing one afternoon while under her care.
The best documentary award went to Viva Tonal – the Dance Age, a film about life in Taiwan during Japanese colonial rule. – AP
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