Quake fails to shake awards
Taiwan prevails with five trophies despite 20-second tremorHONG KONG -- An earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Saturday evening caused panic but failed to disrupt the awards ceremony that closed the three day Asia Pacific Film Festival.
The quake, measuring a hefty 6.4 on the Richter scale, struck offshore shortly after 9 pm and shook the territory for some 20 seconds. No fatalities have been reported.
Taiwan, however, was honored with five awards at the ceremony. The much-decorated "No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti," which is Taiwan's contender for a foreign-language Oscar nomination, earned its director Leon Dai the best director award and Chang Hsiang-yu named as best cinematographer. Other awards going Taiwan's way were for actress Sandrine Pinna in "Yang Yang," documentary "Baseball Boy" and for short film "Hopscotch."
Best picture was Indonesian children's film "Rainbow Troops" while Hong Kong's Nick Cheung was named best actor for his role in "Beast Stalker." Szeto Kam-yuen and Tang Lik-kei writers of "Accident" won for best screenplay.
John Woo was also on hand to accept a lifetime achievement award. Indonesian producer-distributor Raam Punjabi accepted a special contribution award.
The festival was launched in 1954 and is organized by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific. It travels to different locations around the Asian region but had been suspended for the past two years due to financial problems.
Complete winners list for 53rd Asia-Pacific Film Festival Awards:
"Rainbow Troops," Indonesia
Leon Dai for "No Puedo Vivir Ti," Taiwan
Nick Cheung in "The Beast Stalker," Hong Kong
Sandrine Pinna in "Yang Yang," Taiwan
Best Supporting Actor
Cheng Xuhui in "Money No Enough II," Singapore
Best Supporting Actress
Widyawati Sophiaan in "Woman with a Turban," Indonesia
"Accident," Hong Kong
"Baseball Boys," Taiwan
Best Short Film
Best Art Director
Sukanta Panigrahy for "Dev D," India
"Jamila and the President," Indonesia
Best Sound Effects
Chang Hsiang-Yi for "No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti," Taiwan
"Dev D," India
"Khankluay II: Story of The Noble Warrior," Thailand
Special Contribution Awards
Outstanding Achievement Award