‘Swords,’ ‘Love’ top H.K. pic noms

Ceremony will be held April 8 at Hong Kong Coliseum

Nominations for the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards are spreading the love: Tsui Hark’s epic “Seven Swords” and Peter Chan Ho-sun’s musical “Perhaps Love” drew 11 noms each, while triad pic “Election” and manga-inspired “Initial D” took 10.

Those four pics are competing for film, along with “The Myth,” starring Jackie Chan and helmed by Stanley Tong. Pic’s four noms also include include action choreography, original film song and visual effects.

The four films also are up for director, along with “2 Young,” helmed by Derek Yee. Johnnie To helmed “Election,” while directing duo Andrew Lau and Alan Mak were behind the camera for “Initial D.”

Competing for actor honors: Aaron Kwok (“Divergence”), Tony Leung Ka-fai for his roles in “Everlasting Regret” and “Election,” Andy Lau (“Wait ’til You’re Older”) and Simon Yam for “Election.”

In the actress race are China’s Zhou Xun for her role in “Perhaps Love,” Karena Lam (“Home Sweet Home”), Sammi Cheng (“Everlasting Regret”), Sylvia Chang (“Rice Rhapsody”) and Karen Mok (“Wait ’til You’re Older”).

Peter Pau drew two noms for cinematography: one for “Perhaps Love,” the other for “The Promise.” Other contenders are Venus Keung Kwok Man (“Seven Swords”), Cheung Siu Keung (“Election”) and those behind “Initial D”: Andrew Lau, Lai Yiu Fai and Ng Man Ching.

Vying for Asian film kudos are “Ke Ke Xi Li” from China; “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Be With You,” both from Japan; “Three Times,” from Taiwan; and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,” from Korea.

Ceremony will be held April 8 at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

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