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‘The Golden Era’ Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Ann Hui and her biographical drama “The Golden Era” were the big winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night. Hui collected five awards including best film and best director.

The expensive, three-hour picture has been a regular winner on the Asian awards and festival circuit, but it flopped badly at the box office in both China and Hong Kong. Its continuing awards tally may reflect Hui’s efforts to make a large-scale art-house film at a time in Chinese cinema history that is often described as a ‘golden era,’ for growing commerciality and the huge expansion of the mainland Chinese box office.

The best acting winners were Sean Lau Ching-wan in Hong Kong actioner “Overheard 3” and Vicky Zhao Wei in “Dearest,” Peter Chan Ho-sun’s drama about child abductions in China.

Other significant wins on the night included singer turned actress Ivana Wong’s double win – best supporting actress and best new performer – in comedy “Golden Chickensss” and the best new director award for David Lee Kwong-yiu with “Insanity”.

These days most movies that are defined as Hong Kong productions also contain major elements from China. That was certainly true of “The Golden Era,” “The Crossing,” and “Dearest,” which were all largely set in mainland China. Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home” was named as the best film hailing from mainland China or Taiwan.

2014 Hong Kong Film Awards – full winners list
Best Film

“The Golden Era”
Best Director
Ann Hui, “The Golden Era”
Best Screenplay
Alan Mak, Felix Chong, “Overheard 3”
Best Actor
Lau Ching-wan, “Overheard 3”  
Best Actress
Zhao Wei, “Dearest”
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Tsang, “Overheard 3”
Best Supporting Actress
Ivana Wong, “Golden Chickensss”
Best New Performer
Ivana Wong, “Golden Chickensss”
Best Cinematography
Wang Yu, “The Golden Era”
Best Film Editing
David Wu, “The Crossing, Part 1”
Best Art Direction
Zhao Hai, “The Golden Era”
Best Costume and Make Up Design
Man Lim-chung, “The Golden Era”
Best Action Choreography
Donnie Yen, Stephen Tung-wai, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua, “Kung Fu Jungle”
Best Original Film Score
Ellen Loo, Veronica Lee, “The Midnight After”
Best Original Film Song
“Destination”: “Aberdeen” (Composer: Anthony Wong, Jason Choi; Lyric: Anthony Wong; Sung by: Anthony Wong)
Best Sound Design
Tu Duu Chih, “The Crossing, Part 1”
Best Visual Effects
Victor Wong, Bryan Cheung, “Rise of the Legend”
Best New Director
David Lee Kwong-yiu, “Insanity”
Best Film From Mainland China and Taiwan
“Coming Home”

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