36 Asian Films compete in 3rd Asian Film Awards

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced the nominees in the 13 categories of the third annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) Presentation Ceremony, which will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 23 March 2009. Nominees for the third Asian Film Awards: Best film: Forever Enthralled (China), The Good, the Bad, the Weird (South Korea), Ponyo on the Cliff (Japan), The Rainbow Troops (Indonesia), Red Cliff (China), Tokyo Sonata (Japan, The Netherlands, Hong Kong). Best director: Feng Xiaogang for If You Are the One, Kim Jee-woon for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Hirokazu Koreeda for Still Walking, Brillante Mendoza for Service, Hayao Miyazaki and Frank Marshall for Ponyo on the Cliff, John Woo for Red Cliff. Best actor: Ge You for If You Are the One, Ha Jung-woo for The Chaser, Akshay Kumar for Singh is Kinng, Kenichi Matsuyama for Detroit Metal City, Masahiro Motoki for Departures, Song Kang-ho for The Good, the Bad, the Weird. Best actress: Eri Fukatsu for The Magic Hour, Jiang Wenli for And the Spring Comes, Deepika Padukone for Chandni Chowk to China, Sayuri Yoshinaga for Kabei _ Our Mother, Zhao Wei for Painted Skin, Zhou Xun for The Equation of Love and Death. Best newcomer: Shota Matsuda for Boys Over Flowers: the Movie, Sandrine Pinna for Miao Miao, So Ji-sub for Rough Cut, Xu Jiao for CJ7, Jeeja Yanin for Chocolate, Yu Shaoqun for Forever Enthralled. Best supporting actor: Nick Cheung for Beast Stalker, Jung Woo-sung for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Lee Byung-hun for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Shinichi Tsutsumi for Suspect X, Wang Xueqi for Forever Enthralled. Best supporting actress: Yu Aoi for Sex Is No Laughing Matter, Jaclyn Jose for Service, Kirin Kiki for Still Walking, Kim Ji-yeong for Forever the Moment, Gina Pareno for Service. Best screenwriter: Na Hong-jin for The Chaser, Li Qiang for And the Spring Comes, Tom Lin and Henry Tsai for Winds of September, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Max Mannix and Sachiko Tanaka for Tokyo Sonata, Koki Mitani for The Magic Hour. Best cinematographer: Shoichi Ato for Paco and the Magical Book, Cheng Siu-keung for Sparrow, Lee Mo-gae for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Jola Dylewska for Tulpan, Wang Yu and Nelson Yu for 24 City. Best production designer: Nitin Chandrakant Desai for Jodhaa Akbar, Towako Kuwajima for Paco and the Magical Book, Daniel Lee for Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, Bill Lui for Painted Skin, Yohei Taneda for The Magic Hour. Best composer: Dalpalan and Jang Young-gyu for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Yoshihiro Hanno and Lim Giong for 24 City, Joe Hisaishi for Ponyo on the Cliff, Henry Lai for Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, A.R. Rahman for Jodhaa Akbar. Best editor: Chan Ki-hop for Beast Stalker, William Chang for Miao Miao, Darya Danilova for Native Dancer, Waluyo Ichwandiardono for The Rainbow Troops, Kim Sun-min for The Chaser. Best visual effects: Craig Hayes for Red Cliff, Kim Wook for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Masahide Yanagawase for Paco and the Magical Book. This event will be the opening gala of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, and will coincide with the two flagship events of the HKIFFS, namely the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), and the 7th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).



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