Tang to skip Asian Film Awards


HONG KONG -- Embattled "Lust, Caution" actress Tang Wei will not attend the second annual Hong Kong Asia Film Awards ceremony on Monday because of scheduling conflicts, her management said Thursday.

Tang was nominated in the best actress category for her portrayal of a patriotic student who acted as bait in an attempt to assassinate an official during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. Her decision to skip the ceremony came after news of her media ban in China broke March 7. AFA confirmed Tang as an attendee the same day.

The AFA invited Tang to attend the ceremony, but she withdrew because of last-minute scheduling change of professional commitments, a spokesperson for Edko Films, home of Tang's management, said. Details of any upcoming projects involving Tang were not disclosed.

Confirmed attendees for the AFA include Tang's co-star and best actor nominee Tony Leung ("Lust, Caution"), Chinese superstar and best actor nominee Jet Li ("The Warlords"), Korea's best actress nominee Song Kong-ho ("Secret Sunshine"), Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, Japan's Asano Tadanobu (2008 Oscar nominee "Mongol") and Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang.

Awards in 12 categories will be presented, while the ceremony will be telecast live in Hong Kong and across the region.