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HONG KONG — Director Wong Kar Wai‘s The Grandmaster leads the pack with 14 nominations at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, followed by Dante Lam‘s Unbeatable with 11 nods.
Wong’s martial arts epic garnered nominations in the best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best cinematography, best editing, best art direction, best costume design, best action choreography, best original music, best sound effects and best visual effects categories.
The Grandmaster will compete in the best film category with MMA drama Unbeatable, drug action thriller The White Storm, street dance drama The Way We Dance and fantasy epic Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.
Unbeatable is nominated in 11 categories, while vampire horror pic Rigor Mortis bags nine nominations, including best new director for first-timer Juno Mak.
The best director race will see Wong coming head-to-head with genre master Johnnie To, nominated for Drug War; Benny Chan for The White Storm; Derek Kwok for As The Light Goes Out; and Lam for Unbeatable.
Zhang Ziyi, who won the Golden Horse and Asia Pacific Film Festival best actress awards for her portrayal of the heiress of a marital arts dynasty in The Grandmaster, is yet again nominated in the category. Her claim to the award will be contested by Sammi Cheng in The Blind Detective, Paw Hee Ching in Rigor Mortis, Tang Wei in Finding Mr. Right and Cherry Ngan in The Way We Dance.
Two actors playing Ip Man — Bruce Lee‘s martial arts mentor — will compete in the best actor category. They are Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for The Grandmaster and Anthony Wong for Ip Man: The Final Fight. Also in this category are Unbeatable‘s Nick Cheung and The White Storm‘s Sean Lau and Louis Koo.
The Hong Kong Film Awards will be held on April 13, 2014.
An abridged list of the nominees is below.
The White Storm
The Way We Dance
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster
Johnnie To, Drug War
Benny Chan, The White Storm
Derek Kwok, As the Light Goes Out
Dante Lam, Unbeatable
Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster
Sammi Cheng, The Blind Detective
Paw Hee Ching, Rigor Mortis
Tang Wei, Finding Mr. Right
Cherry Ngan, The Way We Dance
Nick Cheung, Unbeatable
Sean Lau, The White Storm
Anthony Wong, Ip Man: The Final Fight
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, The Grandmaster
Louis Koo, The White Storm
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Helena Law, The White Storm
Carina Lau, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
Crystal Lee, Unbeatable
Kara Wai, Rigor Mortis
Du Juan, American Dreams in China
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Zhang Jin, The Grandmaster
Tong Dawei, American Dreams in China
Huang Bo, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Eddie Peng, Unbeatable
Anthony Chan, Rigor Mortis
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