HONG KONG – Continuing its remarkable kudos collection, South Korea ‘s “Secret Sunshine” Monday grabbed top honors at the second running of the Asian Film Awards show.
Pic, a heart-wrenching tale of a single mother’s search for new love in an unfamiliar town, was named best Asian film. It also earned Lee Chang-dong the helming crown and Jeon Do-yeon the best actress accolade. Jeon began picking up major prizes for her performance in the film as far back as the Cannes festival last May.
“The Sun Also Rises,” the big budget Mainland Chinese art-house pic that baffled some auds but pleased critics, was the only other film to earn multiple honors. It picked up best production design and the least surprising award of the night, best supporting actress kudos for veteran Joan Chen.
Other awards were sprinkled liberally among movies and talent from Greater China with only “Om Shanti Om”‘s music composers Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani earning any silverware for India, Asia ‘s biggest movie producing nation.
That also meant relative disappointment for “Lust, Caution” whose actress revelation Tang Wei was recently censured by China, and an empty handed departure for “The Assembly”
2nd Asian Film Awards 2007-08
Best film “Secret Sunshine”
Best director Lee Chang-dong “Secret Sunshine”
Best actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai “Lust, Caution”
Best actress Jeon Do-yeon “Secret Sunshine”
Best supporting actor Sun Honglei “Mongol”
Best supporting actress Joan Chen “The Sun Also Rises”
Best screenwriter Au Kin-yee and Wai Ka-fai “Mad Detective”
Best cinematographer Liao Pen-jung “Help me Eros”
Best production designer Cao Jiu-ping and Zhang Jian-qun “The Sun Also Rises”
Best composer Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Best editor David Richardson “Eye in the Sky”
Best visual effects Ng Yuen-fai “The Warlords”