Chinese blockbusters set for battle at Asian Film Awards
The two biggest grossing movies in Chinese cinema’s history are in the running for this year’s 5th Asian Film Awards.
This year’s AFAs will be staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 21 and see the Chinese western Let the Bullets Fly – a film laced with political satire – vying for the top award with the earthquake-themed epic Aftershock.
Both films picked up more than 600 million yuan (67 million euros) at the Chinese box office, with Let the Bullets Fly still screening and closing in on Aftershock’s record of 673 million yuan (76 million euros).
Nominations were released on Thursday, with Let the Bullets Fly and the Japanese thriller Confessions leading with six apiece – and Confessions was last week named as one of the nine shortlisted foreign films in the running for an Oscar.