Thursday, February 12, 2009

28th Hong Kong Film Awards Nominee List

They've announced the nominees for the 2008 HK Film Awards! I can't find much info on it out in english yet (they haven't updated the official site yet either).

But there's at least one article listing some of the nominees and I've also included a FULL LIST OF NOMINEES in CHINESE and (some) English Translations below.

Tin Shui Wai movie goes for glory

John Woo Yu-sen's recent Chinese historical epic Red Cliff, a biopic of Bruce Lee's kung fu master, Ip Man, and a documentary- like film about a working-class neighborhood, The Way We Are racked up the most nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards, organizers announced yesterday.

Red Cliff picked up 15 nominations and Wilson Yip Wai- shun's profile of Lee's martial arts teacher Ip Man got 12. But the biggest surprise among the leading contenders was veteran director Ann Hui On-wah's The Way We Are - a little-known movie about a single mother in Tin Shui Wai.

The other best picture nominees are Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow Sing-chi's sci-fi CJ7 and Gordon Chan Kar- seung's ghost thriller Painted Skin. Woo, Yip and Hui are also up for best director, competing against Benny Chan Ho-man (Connected) and Johnnie To Kei-fung, who was nominated for Sparrow, a playful look at a pickpocket gang.

Former Cannes winner Tony Leung Chiu-wai received a nod for best actor for playing a Chinese general in Red Cliff.

He faces off with action star Donnie Yen Chi-tan, who played Ip Man, Simon Yam Tat-wah in Sparrow, Nick Cheung Ka-fai from the police thriller The Beast Stalker, and heartthrob Louis Koo Tin-lok, who portrayed a gangster who struggles to give up a life of crime in Run Papa Run.

China's Zhou Xun, the lead in Painted Skin, is the biggest star in the best actress competition, but she faces stiff competition from Hong Kong's Prudence Liew Mei-gwan, who won the Chinese-language equivalent of an Oscar at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards in December for playing a sex worker in True Women for Sale.

The other nominees are Paw Hee Ching from The Way We Are, Barbie Hsu Hsi-yuan from Connected, and Karena Lam Ka- yan from the romance Claustrophobia.

The winners will be announced on April 19.

They didn't mention that super-star Race Wong was nomined for her supporting actress role in True Women For Sale, directed by Herman Yau. Also congrats to Heiward Mak, nominated for Best New Director for her film 'High Noon'


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