South Korean horror film "The Host" picked up fourawards, including best picture, at
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,
"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
Japanese actress Miki Nakatani won best actress for "Memories ofMatsuko," whilst other awards went to film talent from a spread of Asiancountries, including
"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
American film academic David Bordwell, who has written extensively on Asiancinema, received a similar award.Reuters Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16