‘Affairs,’ ‘Hero’ split top Hong Kong kudos

Leung, Lee Sin Je take home top acting honors

See winnersHONG KONG — Cop thriller “Infernal Affairs” and martial arts epic “Hero” divvied up almost all the prizes at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday, with each racking up seven wins but “Infernal Affairs” claiming the most coveted ones.

Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s “Infernal Affairs” beat Zhang Yimou’s Oscar-nominated “Hero” for director, film, screenplay, as well as film editing and original film song.

Tony Leung took actor for his role in “Infernal Affairs” as an undercover cop who infiltrates a triad in the Media Asia-produced movie. Anthony Wong took supporting actor as Leung’s police boss, beating his performances in “Princess D” and “Just One Look,” for which he was also nominated.

The film had drawn 16 nominations and was last year’s biggest local box office draw, grossing $7.1 million.

Hong Kong/China co-production “Hero,” with 14 noms, snagged costume and makeup design, action choreography, sound design, original film score, art direction and visual effects. Christopher Doyle won for cinematography, beating his other nominated work for Asian omnibus film “Three.”

“Three” was nominated in 11 categories but took home only one award: new performer for Eugenia Yuan.

Lee Sin Je of “The Eye” beat veteran Maggie Cheung, of “Hero,” for actress while Rene Liu of “Double Vision” won supporting actress.

Asian Film honors went to Korea’s “My Sassy Girl.” Lo Chi-leung drew the outstanding young director award for “Inner Senses.”

The outbreak of killer Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and recent suicide of actor-singer Leslie Cheung, who was nominated for actor for “Inner Senses,” cast a shadow over the evening’s celebrations.

Event was more subdued than usual, with the red carpet removed, many attendees wearing face masks and winners paying tribute to health care workers and wishing a quick recovery to those who have fallen ill. A number of winners and nominees were absent, some due to the scare over traveling during the SARS outbreak.

And the winners are . . .

Film — “Infernal Affairs,” presented by Media Asia Films and executive producer Andrew Lau

Director — Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, “Infernal Affairs”

Screenplay — Alan Mak and Felix Chong, “Infernal Affairs”

Actor –Tony Leung, “Infernal Affairs”

Actress — Lee Sin Je, “The Eye”

Supporting Actor — Anthony Wong, “Infernal Affairs”

Supporting Actress — Rene Liu, “Double Vision”

New Performer — Eugenia Yuan, “Three”

Cinematography — Christopher Doyle, “Hero”

Film Editing — Danny Pang and Pang Ching-hei, “Infernal Affairs”

Art Direction — Huo Ting Xiao and Yi Zhen Zhou, “Hero”

Costume and Make-Up Design — Emi Wada, “Hero”

Action Choreography — Tony Ching, “Hero”

Original Film Score — Tan Dun, “Hero”

Original Film Song — “Infernal Affairs,” Ronald Ng (Composer), Lin Xi (Lyrics), Tony Leung and Andy Lau (Singers)

Sound Design — Tao Jing , “Hero”

Visual Effects — Murray Pope, Christopher Horvath, Jonathan Rothbart, Ellen Poon, “Hero”

Asian Film — “My Sassy Girl,” presented by Cinema Service, Korea

Outstanding Young Director Award — Lo Chi-leung, “Inner Senses”

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