China and South Korea were the top winners of the 11th Asian Film Awards, held in Hong Kong’s Cultural Center on the night of March 21.
Park Chan-wook’s erotic drama The Handmaiden was the top winner of the night with four prizes: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Newcomer (Kim Tae-ri) and Best Supporting Actress (Moon So-ri). The film had the most number of nominations out of the other films.
Two other South Korean films picked up prizes – Na Hong-jin for Best Director for The Wailing and Best Original Music for The Age of Shadows, giving South Korea six wins out of fifteen categories.
Feng Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary won three awards – Best Cinematography, Best Actress (Fan Bingbing) and Best Film. China also won a fourth prize with Best Sound for Crosscurrent.
Tadanobu Asano becomes the first actor in the award’s history to win prizes for two consecutive years with a Best Actor prize for domestic drama Harmonium. Asano won the Best Supporting Actor prize last year for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore.
After picking up the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Asghar Farhadi picked up the Best Screenplay prize for The Salesman.
After two years in Macau, the Asian Film Awards returned to Hong Kong this year. Instead of the usual Hong Kong Convention Center venue, the award moved to the Hong Kong Cultural Center, where the Hong Kong Film Awards is also held.
11th Asian Film Awards winners list
Best Film: I Am Not Madame Bovary (我不是潘金蓮) (South Korea)
Best Director: Na Hong-jin – The Wailing (곡성) (South Korea)
Best Actor: Tadanobu Asano – Harmonium (淵に立つ) (South Korea)
Best Actress: Fan Bingbing – I Am Not Madame Bovary (China)
Best Supporting Actor: Lam Suet – Trivisa (樹大招風) (Hong Kong/China)
Best Supporting Actress: Moon So-ri – The Handmaiden (South Korea)
Best Newcomer: Kim Tae-ri – The Handmaiden (South Korea)
Best Screenplay: The Salesman (فروشنده) (Iran)
Best Cinematography: I Am Not Madame Bovary (China)
Best Production Design: The Handmaiden (South Korea)
Best Original Music: The Age of Shadows (밀정) (South Korea)
Best Editing: The Apprentice (Singapore/Germany/France/Hong Kong/Qatar)
Best Visual Effects: Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ) (Japan)
Best Costume Design: The Handmaiden (South Korea)
Best Sound: Crosscurrent (長江圖) (China)