BEIJING — Mandarin Films’ “Ip Man,” a biopic of Bruce Lee’s kung fu master, scooped the best pic kudos at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards, but the low-budget “The Way We Are” dominated the other top prizes, including helmer for Ann Hui.
Fittingly, “Ip Man,” which was produced by Raymond Wong and directed by Wilson Yip, also won the award for action choreography at the ceremony on Sunday.
“The Way We Are” also won best actress for Paw Hee Ching, and best supporting actress for Chan Lai-wun, as well as screenplay.
Nick Cheung won best actor for his portrayal of a kidnapper in the actioner “The Beast Stalker,” while Liu Kai-chi won best supporting actor award for his work in the same film.
“The Way We Are,” a gritty, documentary-style film set in a town in Hong Kong’s New Territories, was a hugely popular choice as it is a real Hong Kong pic about familiar themes in the territory, at a time when financial realities means many film-makers are making China-flavored historical epics.
These include Asia’s biggest movie, “Red Cliff,” which failed to win any major prizes but won in several technical categories.
Helmer Wong Kar Wai presented a lifetime achievement award to veteran thesp Josephine Siao, a best actress winner at the Berlin Film Festival for the 1995 film “Summer Snow.”
THE 28TH HONG KONG FILM AWARDS
FILM “Ip Man”
DIRECTOR Ann Hui, “The Way We Are”
ACTOR Nick Cheung, “The Beast Stalker”
ACTRESS Paw Hee-ching, “The Way We Are”
SUPPORTING ACTOR Liu Kai-chi, “The Beast Stalker”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Chan Lai-wun, “The Way We Are”
SCREENPLAY Lou Shiu-wa, “The Way We Are”
NEW PERFORMER Xu Jiao, “CJ7”
CINEMATOGRAPHY Arthur Wong, “Painted Skin”
FILM EDITING Yau Chi-wai, “Connected”
ART DIRECTION Tim Yip, “Red Cliff”
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGN Tim Yip, “Red Cliff”
ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY Sammo Hung & Tony Leung Siu-hung, “Ip Man”
SOUND DESIGN Wu Jiang and Roger Savage, “Red Cliff”
VISUAL EFFECTS Craig Hayes, “Red Cliff”
ORIGINAL SCORE Taro Iwashiro, “Red Cliff”
ORIGINAL FILM SONG Hua Xin, “Painted Skin”
NEW DIRECTOR Derek Kwok, “The Moss”
ASIAN FILM “Assembly”
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Josephine Siao
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Ting Yu