Best film went to Lou Ye’s “Blind Massage,” while Ann Hui was named as best director for her “The Golden Era.”
Three Chinese films won two awards each: “The Golden Era,” “Black Coal Thin Ice,” and “Blind Massage,” while the numerical winner was Jiang Wen’s “Gone With the Bullets,” which won three technical prizes.
The biggest cheers of the evening, however, went to the veteran Korean director Im Kwon-taek, who collected a lifetime achievement award, and to Korean boy band Infinite, which played a musical interlude and presented one of the awards.
The ceremony was a major improvement on the previous year’s event in technical terms, but the evening was marred by too many awards where the recipient was unavailable. One winning film, “The Raid 2: Berandal,” wentcompletely unrepresented.
The event transferred from Hong Kong to Macau last year for the first time, and this year transferred again to a new venue, the Venetian Theatre at the cavernous Venetian Casino and Hotel
It is also the second year the awards have been organized and presented as a joint effort by three film festivals — Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo.
HKIFF chairman Wilfred Wong promised that after the awards ceremony was over the hard work would begin. The AFA Academy will now begin its talent development program.
9th ASIAN FILM AWARDS WINNERS (2015)
“Blind Massage” (China) Dir: Lou Ye
Diao Yinan for “Black Coal, Thin Ice” (China)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ikewaki Chizuru in “The Light Shines Only There” (Japan)
Zeng Jian for “Blind Massage” (China)
Gareth Evans for “The Raid 2: Berandal” (Indonesia)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Wang Zhiwen in “The Golden Era” (Hong Kong / China)
Mikey McCleary for “Margarita, With A Straw” (India)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Rick Sander and Christoph Zollinger for “Gone With The Bullets” (China)
Zhang Huiwen “Coming Home” (China)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Liu Qing for “Gone With The Bullets” (China)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER
William Chang Suk Ping for “Gone With The Bullets” (China)
Liao Fan in “Black Coal, Thin Ice” (China)
Bae Doo-na in “A Girl At My Door” (South Korea)
Ann Hui for “The Golden Era” (Hong Kong / China)
EXCELLENCE IN ASIAN CINEMA AWARD
Miki Nakatani (Japan)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Im Kwon-taek (South Korea)