China’s main kudofest, the Golden Rooster and Full Blossom Film Festival, opened in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Wednesday.
It features 65 pics from all over the region including, for the first time, pics from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Up for helmer are Zhang Yimou, Feng Xiaogang, Stephen Chow and Stanley Tong, while Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow, Andy Lau, Tony Leung and Jet Li are all going for actor.
Ziyi Zhang and Taiwanese singer-actress Rene Liu are favorites for actress.
“The nomination lists for the Full Blossom Awards were compiled from votes by 1.16 million moviegoers across the country, who voted by post, the Internet or text messages,” Kang Jianmin, vice chairman of the China Film Assn., told local media.
A jury comprising 99 film fans selected randomly from the 1.16 million will sit as a jury to decide the final winner in a live broadcast Saturday.