Japan, H.K. win at Udine Asia fest


MILAN -- Japan dominated the awards at the Udine Far East Film festival during the weekend, taking home all three spots voted on by the audience and two of three of the Black Dragon prizes.

The northern Italian festival, which boasts it is the top Asian film festival outside Asia, gave the top Black Dragon Prize to Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai for their "Mad Detective," which premiered in Venice in 2007. The film narrowly edged "Fine, Totally Fine" from Japan's Yousuke Fujita for the top award.

"Gachi boi" (Wrestling With a Memory) from Norihiro Koizumi won the audience award for the fest, which began April 18 and ended Saturday.