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The biggest winner in the 7th Asian Film Awards, held in Hong Kong on Monday, goes to the film Mystery from mainland, China. The film won the Best Film, the Best Screenwriter and the Best Newcomer for Qi Xi.
Mystery, directed by Lou Ye, tells a controversial love story, starting with a mysterious car accident. The movie had already attracted attention by the critics. It had been selected in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard Section last year and Lou Ye also won the best director for the movie in the Hangzhou Asian Film Festival, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
The Asian Film Festival honors the achievements by filmmakers in Asia. The best actor and actress awards this year both go to the Philippines. The Associated Press reported that Nora Aunor won the Best Actress for her performance in Thy Womb and Eddie Garcia won Best Actor for Bwakaw.
Japan’s Kitano Takeshi won the Best Director, but he did not show up.
Malaysian Michelle Yeon received the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award. “I’ve waited a very long time for this award,” Yeon said. She started her acting career in Hong Kong, mostly in martial-arts movies. Yeon’s first Hollywood movie was the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan. Later, she became more famous by appearing in the Oscar Best Foreign Film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Her most recent film role is portraying the Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, reported The Wall Street Journal.