‘THE GRANDMASTER’ IS THE BIG WINNER AT HONG KONG FILM AWARDS
Wong Kar Wai’s Kung Fu epic “The Grandmaster” broke records and won big at the 33rd annual Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday, 13 April 2014.
The film, about the life of Wing Chun master Ip Man, took home a total of 12 awards, including Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
It broke previous records for award wins held by “Cold War” and “Comrades: Almost a Love Story” and now takes the honor of ‘Most Wins’ by a single film at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Both “Cold War” and “Comrades: Almost a Love Story” won nine awards.
Director Wong Kar Wai said that the result was surprising, but he hoped the film would do well at the awards ceremony:
“We had hoped to achieve this because three years (production time) is a very long time. Everyone (cast and crew) did an outstanding job. I think to have this achievement is surprising and not so surprising.”
With “The Grandmaster,” Wong picked up his third win for Best Director. He has won previously for “Chungking Express” and “Days of Being Wild.”
Zhang Ziyi achieved a personal best by collecting a total of nine awards with her performance in “The Grandmaster.”
However, at the after party, she said her win was bittersweet as her co-star Tony Leung missed out on the Best Actor award.
“If we could only get one more award then it would be perfect. I really hoped that Tony could have won the (Best Actor) award, but I think it’s fine, because without this recognition, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s an outstanding actor. Yes, so there’s a little bit of regret,” she said.
It is Zhang’s second win at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Her last win was with “2046” in 2005.
“The Grandmaster” received 14 nominations. Other than the Best Actor Award, the only other category it missed out on was Best Visual Effects.
Leung attended the after party but did not join his co-stars for press interviews.
Best Supporting Actor winner Zhang Jin was still high from his win. It is Zhang’s first nomination and also first win.
“I think I’m very lucky to be nominated and to win. To be able to be a part of ‘The Grandmaster,’ collaborating with Wong and sharing scenes with Ziyi, I consider myself very lucky.” he said.
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS
Best new Director:
Adam Wong (“The Way We Dance”)
Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng, Wong Kar Wai (“The Grandmaster”)
Best New Performer:
Babyjohn Choi (“The Way We Dance”)
Best Supporting actress:
Kara Wai Ying Hung (“Rigor Mortis”)
Best Art Direction:
William Chang Suk Ping & Alfred Yau Wai Ming (“The Grandmaster”)
Best Costume and Make Up Design:
William Chang Suk Ping (“The Grandmaster”)
Best Film Editing:
William Chang Suk Ping, Benjamin Courtines, Poon Hung Yiu (“The Grandmaster”)
Best supporting actor:
Zhang Jin (“The Grandmaster”)
Philippe Le Sourd (“The Grandmaster”)
Best Visual Effects:
Enoch Chan (“Rigor Mortis”)
Best Sound Design:
Robert Mackenzie and Traithep Wongpaiboon (“The Grandmaster”)
Best Film From Mainland And Taiwan:
The Life Time Achievement Award:
Zhang Xin Yan
Best Original Film Score:
Shigeru Umebayashi and Nathaniel Mechaly (“The Grandmaster”)
Best Original Film Song:
The Way We Dance
Composer: Day Tai Lyric: Saville Chan Sung By: DoughBoy & Shimica Wong
Best Action Choreography:
Yuen Wo Ping (“The Grandmaster”)
Zhang Zi Yi (“The Grandmaster”)
Wong Kar Wai (“The Grandmaster”)
Nick Cheung Ka Fai (“Unbeatable”)
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