HONG KONG — “The Twins Effect” drew six nods out of seven noms, as the Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony revived its pre-SARS glamour with the return of a red carpet and nary a face mask.
Pic drew prizes for art direction, action choreography, film editing, costume and makeup, sound design and visual effects.
Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai’s action drama “Running on Karma” took best film over “Infernal Affairs II,” “Infernal Affairs III,” “PTU” and “Lost in Time.”
“Running on Karma” also took home screenplay honors while Andy Lau won as actor for the film, which had 13 nominations.
Police drama “PTU” left with only one award — Johnnie To for director — after being nominated for 11.
Cecilia Cheung, nominated twice this year for actress, won for her role as a woman who struggles to carry on after her husband’s death in “Lost in Time.” The film also snagged original film score kudos.
Josie Ho beat her performance in “The Twins Effect” and won supporting actress for “Naked Ambition.” Tony Leung Ka Fai took supporting actor for “Men Suddenly in Black,” which also won Pang Ho Cheung the new director prize.
The last two movies in the “Infernal Affairs” trilogy collectively garnered only one award, as “Infernal Affairs II” took original film song.
Cinematography kudos went to Arthur Wong for “The Floating Landscape.” Andy On took new performer for his role in “Star Runner.” And Asian film honors went to Japan’s “The Twilight Samurai.”
The 23rd ceremony was also attended by Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, who pledged continued governmental support of the film industry. “Hong Kong films promote our image around the world,” he said. “I’m so proud of our film industry.”
“Running on Karma” presented by One Hundred Years of Film Co. Ltd. and executive producers Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai
Johnnie To, “PTU”
Wai Ka Fai, Yau Nai Hoi. Au Kin Yee and Yip Tin Shing, “Running on Karma”
Andy Lau, “Running on Karma”
Cecilia Cheung, “Lost in Time”
Tony Leung Ka Fai, “Men Suddenly in Black”
Josie Ho, “Naked Ambition”
Andy On, “Star Runner”
Arthur Wong, “The Floating Landscape”
Chan Ki Hip, “The Twins Effect”
Bill Lui, “The Twins Effect”
COSTUME AND MAKE-UP DESIGN
Yee Chung Man, “The Twins Effect”
Donnie Yen, “The Twins Effect”
ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
Peter Kam, “Lost in Time”
ORIGINAL FILM SONG
“Infernal Affairs II,” Wong Ka Keung (Composer), Wong Ka Keung and Yip Sai Wing (Lyrics), Beyond (Singers)
Kinson Tsang, “The Twins Effect”
Eddy Wong and Yee Kwok Leung, “The Twins Effect”
“The Twilight Samurai,” presented by Shochiku Co. Ltd., Japan
Pang Ho Cheung, “Men Suddenly in Black”