Port of Call, directed by Philip
Courtesy of HKIFF

Dark detective drama, “Port of Call” was named best film by the Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society on Monday.

Directed by Philip Yung Chi-kwong, the film is based on real events involving the murder of a woman. It features superstar singer-actor Aaron Kwok as a disheveled and downbeat detective.

The Society’s best actor and actress awards, however, went to “port of Call”s other stars Michael Ning and Jessie Li.

The best director award went to Tsui Hark for his mainland Chinese war story “The Taking of Tiger Mountain.” The best screenplay award went to Kageyama Yukihiko and Sylvia Chang for Chang’s musical “Murmur of the Hearts” which was the opening film of the Hong Kong International Film Festival in March last year.

“Port of Call” had its premiere as the closing film of the HKIFF and on theatrical release earned a rare Category III rating for gore and nudity.

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