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Asian Film Award Goes to ‘Mystery’

Pic's Qi Xi wins best newcomer

BEIJING — Chinese drama “Mystery” by often controversial Mainland helmer Lou Ye scooped the best film honor at the Asian Film Awards at the Hong Kong Film Festival.

Pic follows a middle-aged woman who sets out to take revenge on her unfaithful husband.

Lou has been banned in China for his films, which often deal with political themes unpopular with the government.

“Mystery” also took home the award for best newcomer, Qi Xi, and best screenwriters.

Kitano Takeshi from Japan nabbed director honors for “Outrage Beyond” but did not attend.

The Philippines dominated the acting section, with best actress going to Nora Aunor for “Thy Womb,” and 87-year-old Eddie Garcia picking up actor laurels for “Bwakaw.”

Malaysian-born Michelle Yeoh was presented with an Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, and the Top-Grossing Asian Film Award went to Xu Zheng’s laffer “Lost in Thailand.”

The awards, inaugurated in 2007, recognize achievements of pics from across the region.

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