(11 Jan 2018) CHINESE FANTASY FILM ‘LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT’ LEADS WITH 6 NOMINATIONS AT THE 12TH ANNUAL ASIAN FILM AWARDS
The 12th annual Asian Film Awards announced its nominations in Hong Kong, Thursday (11 JAN. 2018.)
Chinese fantasy film “Legend of the Demon Cat” leads with six nominations, including Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress, Best Visual Effects, and a Best Director nod for its veteran director Chen Kaige. It was, however, snubbed in the Best Film category.
Four films trail behind with five nominations. They are crime drama “Angels Wear White,” family drama “Love Education,” coming-of-age story “Youth” and crime thriller, “The Third Murder” – three of which were Best Film nominees.
The Best Director category included four Chinese directors – Chen Kaige for “Legend of the Demon Cat,” Sylvia Chang for Chinese-Taiwanese drama “Love Education,” Ann Hui for war drama “Our Time Will Come,” and Feng Xiaogang for coming-of-age drama “Youth.”
Other nominees included South Korean director Hong Sang-soo (“The Day After”) and Japanese director Yuya Ishii (“The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue.”)
Best Director nominee Sylvia Chang was also nominated in the Best Actress category. The actress/director will compete for the top acting prize with young talents like China’s Zhou Dongyu, South Korea’s Kim Min-hee, Japan’s Yu Aoi, and Indonesian actress Marsha Timothy.
Hong Kong is represented in the Best Actor category by A-lister Louis Koo. Koo faces stiff competition from other Asian leading men, including China’s Duan Yihong, South Korea’s Kim Yun-seok, Thailand’s Sukollawat Kanarot, and Indian actor Rajkummar Rao.
89 nominations have been made for 17 award categories. This year’s Jury President is Hong Kong director Ching Siu-tung, who attended Thursday’s press conference to unveil the nominations.
The 64-year-old director also announced that Hong Kong actress Kara Wai is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Asian Cinema Award.
Wai said that her 2017 ended on a high note with the Best Actress win from Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. The 57-year-old actress said she is humbled by the award.
“I feel very very honored to be given this award. This award has nothing to do with how well you act. In 2017, the gods have been so good to me. I think I have to work even harder in 2018,” Wai said.
The AFA jury is made up of film critics and experts from various Asian countries, with Chinese actress Carina Lau also on the jury.
Jury President Ching Siu-tung said that they have their work cut out for them.
“There are films that I haven’t watched yet but I’ve seen ‘Youth’ and ‘Angels Wear White.’ They are all great films, so it’ll be a headache for me. ‘Angels Wear White’ is a low budget movie but ‘Youth’ is a big production. They’re both excellent movies. So we’ll be taking details into consideration. The other movies – I’ll be watching them soon,” Ching said.
The AFAs will be handed out on March 17 in Macao.
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