South Korean pic edges out 'Bodyguards'

South Korean pic “Mother” dominated the Asian Film Awards at Hong Kong’s Filmart, scooping the best pic prize and a host of other awards.

The pic edged out locally made actioner “Bodyguards and Assassins” from contention for the main honors.

Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother,” about a mother’s efforts to clear her son of murder allegations and which made the official selection at Cannes last year, scooped best picture and the best actress award for Kim Hye-ja.

Best director went to Lu Chuan for his movie about atrocities performed by the Japanese during the invasion of Nanjing in 1937, “City of Life and Death,” while “Bodyguards” had to content itself with best actor for Wang Xueqi and a best supporting actor award for local hearththrob Nicholas Tse.

Best supporting actress went to Hong Kong’s Wai Ying-hung, who played a single mother in “At the End of Daybreak.”

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was awarded a lifetime achievement award, while China’s most famous helmer Zhang Yimou, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics last year, was given the Asian film award for outstanding contribution to Asian cinema.

“Bodyguards” had been strongly fancied heading into the kudosfest, with 19 nominations. The movie is based on episodes in the life of Chinese revolutionary and the founder of modern China, Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

THE 14TH ASIAN FILM AWARDS

FILM
“Mother”

DIRECTOR
Lu Chuan, “City of Life and Death”

ACTOR
Wang Xueqi, “Bodyguards and Assassins”

ACTRESS
Kim Hye-ja, “Mother”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nicholas Tse, “City of Life and Death”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Wai Ying-hung, “At the End of Daybreak”

NEWCOMER
Ng Meng Hui, “At the End of Daybreak”

SCREENWRITER
Park Eun-kyo, Bong Joon-ho, “Mother”

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death”

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne, Lee Tian-Jue, “Face”

COMPOSER
Lo Ta-Yu, “Vengeance”

EDITOR
Lee Chatametikool, “Karaoke”

VISUAL EFFECTS
Yi Zeon-hyoung, “Thirst”

COSTUME DESIGNER
Christian Lacroix, Anne Dunsford, Wang Chia-Hui, “Face”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Amitabh Bachchan

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ASIAN CINEMA
Zhang Yimou

TOP GROSSING DIRECTOR
John Woo

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