'Yasukuni' wins HKIFF award

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HONG KONG -- "Yasukuni," Chinese director Li Ying's documentary about the controversial Shinto shrine in Tokyo won the Humanitarian Award for Best Documentary at the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival Thursday.

Winner of the FIPRESCI award from the International Federation of Film Critics was
"Wonderful Town," by Aditya Assarat, a love story set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.

Feng Yan's "Bingai," about the Three Gorges Dam project in China that will displace approximately one million people by the time it is completed, won the Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Made over 10 years, "Yasukuni" delves into the past of the shrine where many convicted Japanese war criminals are buried, and brings the viewer the perspective of modern worshipers there. Li has come up against death threats and screenings of his film have been canceled in Japan.

Takahashi Izumi's "What the Heart Craves" took home the Golden Digital Award, and Peng Tao's "Little Moth" took the Silver Digital Award in the Asian Digital Competition section.

Chan Siu-hei's "The Monk" won the Grand Prize in the Fresh Wave Short Film Competition.

It previously won Best Film in the Student Division, a section introduced at the HKIFFF last year to promote new talent.
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