Asian Film Awards: China's 'Gone With the Bullets' Nabs Three Wins

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Best film was given to China's 'Blind Massage', while Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui was named best director for 'The Golden Era'

China's Gone With the Bullets led the 9th Asian Film Awards with three awards, while China's Blind Massage was named best film and The Golden Era's Ann Hui best director.

Best actor went to Liao Fan for his portrayal of a policeman turned alcoholic security guard in Black Coal, Thin Ice. Liao also took the best actor award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.

South Korea's Bae Doo-na took home the best actress gong for her role as a police academy instructor who met a bullied 14-year-old girl in A Girl At My Door. Bae forsook her salary for the small budget film.

Gone with the Bullets' wins were all in the technical categories, including best production designer, best costume designer, and best visual effects.

Best director winner Ann Hui was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Film Awards two years ago, and she said the accolade galvanized her into making The Golden Era. "I thought I have something in my pocket, and I can be more adventurous and do something that is difficult for us," Hui said in her acceptance speech at the Venetian Theatre in Macau.

The Lifetime Achievement Award this year went to South Korea's Im Kwon-taek, who is called the godfather of Korean cinema and was known for his prolific output, receiving international accolades and local box success. "I started directing at 27, now I have done 102 films," said the 79-year-old filmmaker to a standing ovation.

Japan's Nakatani Miki was given the Excellence in Asian Cinema award. The winner of best actress for her performance in Memories of Matsuko at the 1st Asian Film Awards, actress-singer Nakatani talked about the hardships the film industry in Japan faces in her acceptance speech. "The realities of the film industry had become very difficult. But politically strained countries can understand each other better through the shared language of film," Nakatani said.

The awards ceremony featured performances by Hong Kong singer-turned-actress Ivana Wong, who was nominated in the best newcomer category, South Korean violinist Sue Son, and South Korea K-pop group Infinite.

List of 9th Asian Film Awards Winners:

Best Film – Blind Massage, China

Best Director – Ann Hui, The Golden Era, China, Hong Kong

Best Actor – Liao Fan, Black Coal, Thin Ice, China

Best Actress – Bae Doo-na, A Girl At My Door, South Korea

Best Supporting Actor – Wang Zhiwen, The Golden Era, China, Hong Kong

Best Supporting Actress – Ikewaki Chizuru, The Light Shines Only There, Japan

Best Newcomer – Zhang Huiwen, Coming Home, China

Best Screenwriter – Diao Yinan, Black Coal, Thin Ice, China

Best Editor – Gareth Evans, The Raid 2: Berandal, Indonesia

Best Cinematographer – Zeng Jian, Blind Massage, China

Best Composer – Mikey McCleary, Margarita, with a Straw, India

Best Costume Designer – William Chang Suk-ping, Gone with the Bullets, China

Best Production Designer – Liu Qing, Gone with the Bullets, China

Best Visual Effects – Rick Sander, Christoph Zollinger, Gone with the Bullets, China

Lifetime Achievement Awards – Im Kwon-taek, South Korea

Excellence in Asian Cinema – Nakatani Miki, Japan