'Bodyguards' sweeps HKFA
Peter Chan-produced epic takes best film, 8 total awardsHONG KONG – “Bodyguards and Assassins” swept the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards with eight wins in major categories including best film, best director for Teddy Chen, best supporting actor for Nicholas Tse, best cinematography, action choreography, costume design, art direction, and original score.
The Peter Chan-produced historical epic blockbuster raked in over 300 million yuan ($43.95 million) in China last Christmas, and topped the Hong Kong Film Awards nomination list with a staggering 19 nominations in 19 categories.
“Echoes of the Rainbow," the nostalgia-fueled and semi-autobiographical drama directed by Alex Law and produced by Mabel Cheung (the team behind “The Soong Sisters”) that won a Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and took over HK$20 million ($2.6 million) in local boxoffice, won four awards including best actor for lead Simon Yam, best new performer for Aarif Lee, best original film song and best screenplay.
Best actress went to Kara Hui for “At the End of Daybreak." Hui, the first winner of the same award 28 years ago at the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong Film Awards for “My Young Auntie," tearfully accepted her second statuette.
Although the local film industry’s output and their boxoffice intake in China in the past year marked a moderate revitalization of Hong Kong cinema, local audiences continued their preference for Hollywood exports. Awards ceremony host Lawrence Cheng warned the assembled industry members the importance of local audience’s support for homegrown films. “No film industry anywhere can survive without local support,” Cheng remarked.
Chairman of awards organizers, the Hong Kong Film Awards Association, director Gordon Chan, concluded the festivities with a solemn pledge of a film industry fundraiser for the victims of last week’s earthquake in Qinghai.
29th Hong Kong Film Awards Winners:
Best Film: “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Director: Teddy Chen, “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Actress: Kara Hui, “At the End of Daybreak”
Best Actor: Simon Yam, “Echoes of the Rainbow”
Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Ye, “Accident”
Best Supporting Actor: Nicholas Tse, “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best New Director: Cheung King-wai, “KJ”
Best New Performer: Aarif Lee, “Echoes of the Rainbow”
Best Screenplay: “Alex Law,” “Echoes of the Rainbow”
Best Cinematography: “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Editing: “Overheard”
Best Sound Effects: “Red Cliff 2”
Best Visual Effects: “The Storm Warriors”
Best Action Choreography: “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Costume Design: “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Art Direction: “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Original Score: “Bodyguards and Assassins”
Best Original Film Song: “Echoes of the Rainbow”
Best Asian Film: “Departures”