Film prize will launch at Filmart trade show

HONG KONG — Hong Kong will host the Asian Film Awards, a major new kudofest, in March.

Event is organized by the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival in conjunction with Entertainment Expo.

Inaugural event will kick off on March 30 to coincide with the first complete day of the Filmart trade show and opening night of the Hong Kong Festival (March 20-April 6).

Some 33 films will compete in 10 categories, ranging from best film to screenwriting, cinematography and visual effects. The AFA on Monday announced up to six nominees in each category, having screened more than 700 eligible pics.

In the film category, “Curse of the Golden Flower” (Hong Kong/China) will face off against “Exiled” (Hong Kong), “The Host” (South Korea), “Love and Honor” (Japan), “Opera Jawa” (Indonesia/Austria) and “Still Life” (China)

Unlike other shows in the region that select according to nationality or ethnicity, the Asian Film Awards are intended to be pan-Asian and span the full range of genres.

As such, it should not clash with the long-established Hong Kong Film Awards, skedded for April 15.

“With more than 4 billion people in Asia — 60% of the global population — a celebration of Asian cinema is long overdue,” Wilfred Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival Society, said. “We aim to make the AFA the most prominent and definitive film awards for the region.”

ASIAN FILM AWARDS 2007 NOMINEES
“Curse of the Golden Flower” (Hong Kong/China)
“Exiled” (Hong Kong)
“The Host” (South Korea)
“Love and Honor” (Japan)
“Opera Jawa” (Indonesia/Austria)
“Still Life” (China)

DIRECTOR
Hong Sang-Soo “Woman on the Beach” (South Korea)
Jia Zhangke “Still Life” (China)
Jafar Panahi “Offside” (Iran)
Johnnie To “Exiled” (Hong Kong)
Tsai Ming-Liang “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone” (Taiwan/France/Austria) Apichatpong Weerasethakul “Syndromes and a Century” (Thailand/Austria/France)

ACTOR
Chang Chen “The Go Master” (China)
Jung Ji-Hoon (Rain) “I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK” (South Korea)
Shahrukh Khan “Don” (India)
Andy Lau “A Battle of Wits” (Japan/Hong Kong/China/South Korea)
Song Kang-Ho “The Host” (South Korea)
Watanabe Ken “Memories of Tomorrow” (Japan)

ACTRESS
Gong Li “Curse of the Golden Flower” (Hong Kong/China)
Kim Hye-Soo “Tazza: The High Rollers” (South Korea)
Lim Soo-Jung “I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK” (South Korea)
Miyazawa Rie “Hana” (Japan)
Nakatani Miki “Memories of Matsuko” (Japan)
Zhang Ziyi “The Banquet” (Hong Kong/China)

SCREENWRITER
Mani Haghighi “Men at Work” (Iran)
Hong Sang-Soo “Woman on the Beach” (South Korea)
Oishi Tetsuya and Kaneko Shusuke “Death Note: The Last Name” (Japan)
Sohn Jae-Gon “My Scary Girl” (South Korea)
Prabda Yoon “Invisible Waves” (Thailand/The Netherlands/South Korea/Hong Kong)
Zhang Cheng, Yue Xiaojun and Ning Hao “Crazy Stone” (Hong Kong/China)

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Kim Hyung-Goo “The Host” (South Korea)
Andrew Lau and Lai Yiu-Fai “Confession of Pain” (Hong Kong)
Liao Pen-Jung “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone” (Taiwan/France/Austria) Sayombhu Mukdeeprom “Syndromes and a Century” (Thailand/Austria/France)
Wang Yu “The Go Master” (China)

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Cho Keun-Hyun “Forbidden Quest” (South Korea)
Kuwajima Towako “Memories of Matsuko” (Japan)
Patrick Tam and Cyrus Ho “After This Our Exile” (Hong Kong)
Wada Emi “The Go Master” (China)
Tim Yip “The Banquet” (Hong Kong/China)

COMPOSER
Jeong Yong-Jin “Woman on the Beach” (South Korea)
Peter Kam “Isabella” (Hong Kong)
Lim Giong “Still Life” (China)
Rahayu Supanggah “Opera Jawa” (Indonesia/Austria)
Terashima Tamiya “Tales From Earthsea” (Japan)

EDITOR
Lee Chatametikool “Syndromes and a Century” (Thailand/Austria/France)
Kim Sun-Min “The Host” (South Korea)
Angie Lam “Dog Bite Dog” (Japan/Hong Kong)
Park Gok-Ji and Jeong Jin-Hee “A Dirty Carnival” (South Korea)
Patrick Tam “After This Our Exile” (Hong Kong)

VISUAL EFFECTS
Angela Barson and Chung Chi-Hang “Curse of the Golden Flower” (Hong Kong/China)
Digital Tetra Inc. “The Restless” (South Korea)
Ohya Tetsuo “The Sinking of Japan” (Japan)
The Orphanage “The Host” (South Korea)
Yanagawase Masahide “Memories of Matsuko” (Japan)

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