Why Asian Films are More Interesting
The movie awards season continues this month with the fifth annual Asian Film Awards scheduled for March 21 in Hong Kong.
Twenty-nine films from across Asia are competing in 14 categories. Leading this year’s nominations—with six each, including best film—are the Chinese adventure comedy “Let the Bullets Fly” and the Japanese thriller “Confessions.”
Launched in 2007 and organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the AFA aims to lift the profile of the region’s filmmakers and “play an important role in promoting the development of the Asian film industry,” according to AFA Director Yuet-fung Ho.
The winners are selected by a panel of 13 jurors from the film industry in Asia and Europe. This year’s jury president is Hong Kong-based director Yonfan, whose films include “Bugis Street” (1995) and “Prince of Tears” (2009). A new digitally restored version of his 1988 film, “Last Romance,” starring Maggie Cheung, will screen during the film festival.