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, an event that positions itself as the most prestigious ceremony in the region.
This year’s AFA 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).
Let the Bullets Fly and the Japanese thriller Confessions lead with six nominations apiece. Also in the running for the top award at the AFAs are Thailand’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year, as well as the Indian drama Peepli Live and South Korea’s Poetry.