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AFA16: Assassin strikes 8 times

HOU Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin was a favorite going into the evening, and left the Asian Film Awards with eight awards including Best Picture, Director and Actress.

The Assassin has been well received and a regular awardee at festivals since it premiered at Cannes last year, where HOU took the Best Director award. The winner of the Lifetime Achievement award at the Asian Film Awards two years ago, HOU wasn’t present at the AFA ceremony in Macau, although impressively he was the evening’s only absent winner.

36 films from 10 countries had gone into the AFA ceremony clutching 77 nominations for the 15 juried awards. Coming out at the end of the evening, seven titles had won something, with only The Assassin and Hong Kong feature Port of Call left clutching more than one gong.

Speaking before the event, Best Actor winner Lee Hyung-bun was asked about the diversity challenges facing the Academy in America. Lee said, “It’s not only African Americans’ problem. I think respect should be given to all races.”

On the tenth edition of the AFAs, there were more honorary awards presented than usual. While they’re not competitive, the selections contributed to a sense that the region’s three major players hold a pretty tight grip on the trophies. Including the honorary gongs only one of over 20 awards went to someone from beyond China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan and Korea.

Korean actress Clara Lee, named a Rising Star the previous evening by the AFA Academy, hosted the awards.

Team Assassin winners

Team Assassin winners

The Asian Film Awards, created by the HKIFF and now run by the AFA Academy, ran in Macau on 17 March, following industry events FILMART (14 – 17 March) and film financing forum/project market HAF (14 – 16 March) in Hong Kong.

The winners were (marked ***):

BEST FILM
Mountains May Depart
*** The Assassin
Bajirao Mastani
Three Stories Of Love
Mr. Six
Veteran

BEST DIRECTOR
JIA Zhang-Ke, Mountains May Depart
*** HOU Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin
KORE-EDA Hirokazu, Our Little Sister
GUAN Hu, Mr. Six
RYOO Seung-wan, Veteran

BEST ACTOR
Donnie YEN, Ip Man 3
NAGASE Masatoshi, An
FENG Xiaogang, Mr. Six
*** LEE Byung-Hun, Inside Men
John ARCILLA, Heneral Luna

BEST ACTRESS
ZHAO Tao, Mountains May Depart
*** SHU Qi, The Assassin
AYASE Haruka, Our Little Sister
KIM Hye-soo, Coin Locker Girl
Karena LAM, Zinnia Flower

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Max ZHANG, Ip Man 3
Michael NING, Port Of Call
*** ASANO Tadanobu, Journey To The Shore
OH Dal-soo, Assassination
CHENG Jen Shuo, Thanatos, Drunk

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*** ZHOU Yun, The Assassin
TSUCHIYA Anna, Gonin Saga
Cherry NGAN, Mojin – The Lost Legend
UENO Juri, The Beauty Inside
PARK So-dam, The Priests

BEST NEWCOMER
Vicky KAUSHAL, Masaan
*** Jessie LI, Port Of Call
FUJINO Ryoko, Solomon’s Perjury, Solomon’s Perjury 2
KIM Seol-hyun, Gangnam Blues
LEE Hong-Chi, Thanatos, Drunk
Waruntorn PAONIL, Snap

BEST SCREENPLAY
*** JIA Zhang-Ke, Mountains May Depart
Philip YUNG, Port Of Call
Vishal BHARDWAJ, Talvar
UJITA Takashi, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, Journey To The Shore
RYOO Seung-wan, Veteran

BEST EDITING
*** William CHANG Suk Ping, CHU Ka Yat, LIAO Ching-sung, WONG Hoi, Philip YUNG, Port Of Call
Rajesh PANDEY, Bajirao Mastani
OZEKI Yasuyuki, Bakuman
TU Yiran, Jian Bing Man
KIM Jae-bum, KIM Sang-beom, Veteran

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Christopher DOYLE, Port Of Call
*** Mark LEE Ping-Bing, The Assassin
SASAKIBARA Yasushi, YAMAMOTO Yoshiaki, Gonin Saga
LUO Pan, Mr. Six
KIM Woo-hyung, Assassination

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
*** LIM Giong, The Assassin
Nihar Ranjan SAMAL, Bajirao Mastani
Amit TRIVEDI, Bombay Velvet
OTOMO Yoshihide, Journey To The Shore
BANG Joon-seok, The Throne

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
HWARNG Wern-Ying, The Assassin
Maxima BASU, Anju MODI, Bajirao Mastani
MIYAMOTO Masae, Kakekomi
*** LEE Ji-yeon, SHIM Hyun-seob, The Throne
Carlo TABIJE, Heneral Luna

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Ken MAK, Ip Man 3
*** HWARNG Wern-Ying, The Assassin
HARADA Tetsuo, Kakekomi
Lee Min-su, Inside Men
Benjamin PADERO, Carlo TABIJE, Heneral Luna

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ellen POON, Jason H. SNELL, TANG Bingbing, Monster Hunt
Srinivas MOHAN, Baahubali: The Beginning
*** Prasad SUTAR, Bajirao Mastani
ONOUE Katsuro, Attack On Titan
CHO Yong Seok, CHOI Jae Cheon, LEE Jeon Hyoung, The Tiger

BEST SOUND
LEE Yiu Keung, Kinson TSANG, George YIU Chun Hin, Monster Hunt
*** CHU Shih-Yi, TU Duu-Chih, WU Shu-Yao, The Assassin
WATANABE Shinji, Bakuman
NISHIYAMA Toru, The Inerasable
KIM Suk-won, PARK Joo-gang, Assassination

HONORARY AWARDS
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Yuen Woo-ping, director, Hong Kong
Kiki Kirin, actress, Japan

ASIAN BOX OFFICE AWARD
Monster Hunt, directed by Raman Hui

RISING STARS
Clara Lee, Korea
Pakho Chau, Hong Kong

NEW GENERATION
YOO Ah-in, Korea

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ASIAN CINEMA
Li Qian-kuan. China

AFA 10th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL AWARD
Feng Xiaogang, China

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