Asian Film Awards: Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Leads With 11 Nominations
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" follows with five nominations, while Taiwan's "Stray Dogs," China's "No Man's Land," and Hong Kong's "Rigor Mortis" each nabbed four.
HONG KONG – Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster earned a commanding 11 nominations for the 8th Asian Film Awards nominations Tuesday, including in the key categories of best film, best director, best actor for Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and best actress for Zhang Ziyi, and best screenwriter.
Korean director Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer follows with five nominations, including best film, best director, best screenwriter, best production designer, and best costume designer.
Taiwan's Stray Dogs by Tsai Ming-liang, China's No Man's Land by Ning Hao, South Korea's Cold Eyes by Jo Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo, and Hong Kong's Rigor Mortis by Juno Mak nabbed four nominations each.
Renowned Hong Kong director Peter Chan (American Dreams in China) will be the jury president, while Donnie Yen (The Monkey King) serves as celebrity jury member.
The nominations come hot on the heels of the news that the AFAs will be rebooting with the establishment of an all-new Asian Film Awards Academy, backed jointly by the heads of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the Busan International Film Festival, and the Tokyo International Film Festival. Going forward, the AFAs will no-longer be a solely Hong Kong-organized event, but rather a pan-Asian awards show, with its sights set on increased international influence and legitimacy.
The 8th Asian Film Awards will be held at the City of Dreams Macau casino on March 27.
An abridged list of nominations for the 8th Asian Film Awards is below:
No Man's Land, China
The Grandmaster, Hong Kong, China
The Great Passage, Japan
The Lunchbox, India
Snowpiercer, France, South Korea, United States
Stray Dogs, Taiwan
Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer, France, South Korea, United States
Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo, Singapore
Koreeda Hirokazu, Like Father, Like Son, Japan
Tsai Ming-liang, Stray Dogs, Taiwan
Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster, Hong Kong, China
Fukuyama Masaharu, Like Father, Like Son, Japan
Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox, India
Lee Kang Sheng, Stray Dogs, Taiwan
Tong Leung Chiu-wai, The Grandmaster, Hong Kong, China
Song kang-ho, The Attorney, South Korea
Eugene Domingo, Barber's Tales, The Philippines
Han Hyo-joo, Cold Eyes, South Korea
Paw Hee-ching, Rigor Mortis, Hong Kong
Yoko Maki, The Ravine of Goodbye, Japan
Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster, Hong Kong, China
Choi Hon-yick, The Way We Dance, Hong Kong
Im Si-wan, The Attorney, South Korea
Jiang Shuying, So Young, China
Kinoshita Misaki, The Backwater, Japan
Ninomiya Keita, Like Father, Like Son, Japan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Chao, So Young, China
Huang Bo, No Man's Land, China
Jung Woo-sung, Cold Eyes, South Korea
Odagiri Joe, The Great Passage, Japan
Tsumabuki Satoshi, Tokyo Family, Japan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Aoi Yu, Tokyo Family, Japan
Mavis Fan, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Taiwan
Kim Young-ae, The Attorney, South Korea
Nikaido Fumi, Why Don't You Play In Hell?, Japan
Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo, Singapore