Ten Years earns best picture nod in Hong Kong Film Awards after Global Times panned it

Five-part film imagining what Hong Kong will be like in 2025 has been a hit with local audiences but was called too pessimistic by Chinese newspaper; other best picture nominees are Ip Man 3, Taking of Tiger Mountain, Port of Call and Little Big Master

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 January, 2016, 3:53pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 January, 2016, 4:23pm

Ten Years , the independent film Chinese newspaper Global Times called absurd and too pessimistic for its bold depictions of Hong Kong’s social and political landscape in 2025, is one of five best picture nominees in the Hong Kong Film Awards, announced a press conference on Friday.

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The omnibus production has so far taken in more than HK$4 million at the local box office. The Global Times editorial has played no small part in stirring interest among the initially unconcerned population. Although the film has stopped screening at Broadway Cinematheque, the Yau Ma Tei cinema that first showed it, Ten Years has since expanded to cinemas in Tai Koo, Kowloon Bay, Mong Kok, Tseung Kwan O and Ma On Shan.

The other best picture nominees are the poignant education drama Little Big Master , Tsui Hark’s China-produced The Taking of Tiger Mountain , the Donnie Yen Ji-dan vehicle Ip Man 3 , and Philip Yung’s critically acclaimed crime drama Port of Call .

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of April 3.

The nominees in the other main categories are:

Best director:

Adrian Kwan Shun-fai (Little Big Master)

Derek Yee Tung-sing (I Am Somebody)

Tsui Hark (The Taking of Tiger Mountain)

Wilson Yip Wai-shun (Ip Man 3)

Philip Yung Tsz-kwong (Port of Call)

Best screenplay:

Adiran Kwan Shun-fai, Hannah Chang (Little Big Master)

Derek Yee Tung-sing (I Am Somebody)

Saville Chan Sum-yiu, Adam Wong (She Remembers, He Forgets

Lau Ho-leung (Two Thumbs Up)

Philip Yung Tsz-kwong (Port of Call)

Best actor:

Andy Lau Tak-wah (Lost and Love)

Nick Cheung Ka-fai (Keeper of Darkness)

Tony Leung Ka-fai (The Taking of Tiger Mountain)

Jacky Cheung Hok-yau (Heaven in the Dark)

Aaron Kwok Fu-shing (Port of Call)

Best actress:

Tang Wei (A Tale of Three Cities)

Miriam Yeung Chin-wah (Little Big Master)

Sylvia Chang Ai-chia (Office)

Karena Lam Ka-yan (Heaven in the Dark)

Jessie Li (Port of Call)

Best supporting actor:

Andrew Lam Man-chung (Full Strike)

Louis Cheung Kai-chung (Keeper of Darkness)

Max Zhang Jin (SPL2: A Time for Consequences)

Max Zhang Jin (Ip Man 3)

Michael Ning (Port of Call)

Best supporting actress:

Qin Hailu (A Tale of Three Cities)

Anna Ng Yuen-yee (Little Big Master)

Janice Man Wing-shan (Helios)

Lee Sinje (Murmur of the Hearts)

Elaine Jin Yan-ling (Port of Call)

Best new director:

Nick Cheung Ka-fai (Keeper of Darkness)

Raman Hui Shing-ngai (Monster Hunt)

Lau Ho-leung (Two Thumbs Up)

Best film from China and Taiwan:

Mountains May Depart

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The Assassin

Wolf Totem

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