'Sunshine' bright at AFA nods


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HONG KONG -- Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" was the big winner at the second annual Asian Film Awards on Monday night, capturing best film, best director for Lee and actress for lead Jeon Do-yeon, who also earned top honors at the Festival de Cannes and the Korean Film Awards.

Jiang Wen's "The Sun Also Rises" also picked up two awards, with Joan Chen taking the supporting actress prize and Cao Jiuping and Zhang Jianqun sharing the production design nod.

Hometown favorite Tony Leung Chiu-wai won best actor for his role as the collaborator and assassination target in Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution," while supporting actor went to Sun Honglei for the epic "Mongol."

Rounding out the awards were Au Kin-yee and Wai Ka-fai, for their "Mad Detective" screenplay; cinematographer Liao Pen-jung for Taiwan's "Help Me Eros"; composers Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani for Indian musical "Om Shanti Om"; editor David Richardson, for "Eye in the Sky"; and visual effects artist Ng Yuen-fai, for Chinese saga "The Warlords."

Missing from the evening's lineup was Tang Wei, the female lead of "Lust, Caution," who was first confirmed as an attendee March 7. That same day, ews reports indicated that China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television had banned her from working in the domestic media industry. Tang subsequently dropped out of the AFA on March 13, citing unspecified professional commitments.

A jury of 17 Asian film industry professionals chooses the AFA winners. This year's jury included Peter Loehr of CAA China, Roger Garcia of Red Fox Film Prods. and Huang Jianxin of the China Film Directors' Guild.