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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.

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via The Wall Street Journal

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