Koreans win big at HK's first pan-Asian film awards

South Korean horror film "The Host" picked up four awards, including best picture, at Hong Kong's inaugural Asian film awards on Tuesday night in a glitzy ceremony aimed at recognizing the region's nascent film talent.

Koreans win big at HK's first pan-Asian film awards

South Korean horror film "The Host" picked up fourawards, including best picture, at Hong Kong'sinaugural Asian film awards on Tuesday night in a glitzy ceremony aimed atrecognizing the region's nascent film talent.

 

Stars from across Asia, including Iran, South Korea,Thailand, Indonesia and China arrived by limo to tread the red carpet intuxedos and dazzling gowns for a ceremony, partly inspired by Hollywood, atHong Kong's harbor-side convention center.

French director Luc Besson, actress Michelle Yeoh, Hong Kong stars Tony Leung and Andy Lau, South Korean star Rain anddirector Park Chan-wook were among those who attended.

"The Host" -- a dark, thriller-cum-horror movie about a mutantsquid-like monster and suffused with an undercurrent of anti-Americanism --picked up awards for best picture, best actor, best cinematographer and bestvisual effects.

"[The film is] not only about anti-Americanism but about problems inKorea, for example asking for help from the police who don't return anyhelp," said executive producer Choi Yong-bae, who received the whitemarble and twisted metal statuette for best film.

The film's Song Kang-ho picked up the best actor prize.

The best director prize went to critically acclaimed Chinese director JiaZhangke for his Venice prize-winning film"Still Life" about the devastating social impact of the Three GorgesDam on a small Sichuan town in China.

Japanese actress Miki Nakatani won best actress for "Memories ofMatsuko," whilst other awards went to film talent from a spread of Asiancountries, including Iran'sMani Haghighi for best screenwriter, Thailand'sLee Chatametikool for best editor and Indonesia's Rahayu Supanggah forbest composer.

"It's almost strange that it's the first ceremony," said Besson ofthe inaugural award's self-stated aim of recognizing Asian cinematicbrilliance. "Good films come from everywhere, artists are like mushrooms,a little sun, a little water and they grow, they don't need passports, visas tocreate," he added of Asian cinema's growing international reputation.

An "outstanding contribution to Asian cinema" award was given to60-year-old Hong Kong screen siren JosephineSiao Fong-fong, a former child star who blossomed as a cinema actress for closeto five decades.

American film academic David Bordwell, who has written extensively on Asiancinema, received a similar award.

Reuters
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