The 36th Hong Kong Film Awards took place last night at the HKCEC and perhaps the future is bright for the local film industry after all.
There was plenty of good news for up and coming talent with the biggest winner on the night being Trivisa, a throwback to the classic triads thrillers of the 80s and 90s, which bagged five awards for its young co-directors Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong (read our interview with the trio here). The film, which was banned in the Mainland, won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for favourite Gordon Lam and Best Film Editing.
Elsewhere, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau’s First Feature Film Initiative looks to have proven itself a success as both Mad World and Weeds on Fire, products of the programme, picked up five awards between them. We spoke to Wong Chun, director of Mad World, prior to the awards about his much praised debut here.
With the Hong Kong International Film Festival kicking off tomorrow a lot of big names will be back on the red carpet. Opening film Love Off the Cuff, which will complete Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung’s romantic trilogy, is eagerly anticipated and could well be an award-winner at next year’s HKFA. Watch this space.
The full list of HKFA winners is as follows:
Best Film: Trivisa
Best Director: Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong (Trivisa)
Best Screenplay: Loong Man Hong, Thomas Ng and Mak Tin Shu (Trivisa)
Best Actor: Gordon Lam (Trivisa)
Best Actress: Kara Wai (Happiness)
Best Supporting Actor: Eric Tsang (Mad World)
Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Jin (Mad World)
Best New Performer: Tony Wu Tsz-tung (Weeds on Fire)
Best Cinematography: Peter Pau and Cao Yu (See You Tomorrow)
Best Film Editing: Allen Leung and David Richardson (Trivisa)
Best Art Direction: Alfred Yau (See You Tomorrow)
Best Costume Make Up Design: Kenneth Yee and Dora Ng (The Monkey King 2)
Best Action Choreography: Tung Wai (Operation Mekong)
Best Original Film Score: Peter Kam and Yusuke Hatano (Soul Mate)
Best Original Film Song: Anthem of Shatin Martins (Weeds on Fire)
Best Sound Design: Kinson Tsang and George Lee (Cold War 2)
Best Visual Effects: Luke Jung, Kim Sung-hoon, Kim Chan-soo and Kim Chul-min (The Monkey King 2)
Best New Director: Wong Chun (Mad World)
Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan: Godspeed
Lifetime Achievement: Fong Yim-fun
Professional Achievement: Yuen Tai-yung