Glamour on the red carpet as Hong Kong director proves himself The Grandmaster of film

Wong Kar-wai's kung fu epic scoops half the trophies at last night's Asian Film Awards

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 3:35am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 3:09pm

Wong Kar-wai's kung fu epic The Grandmaster scooped half of the 14 trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Macau last night, including best film, best director and best actress for mainland star Zhang Ziyi.

Collecting her prize, Zhang told how one of the film's stuntmen and choreographer Ju Kun, 35, was on board the lost MH370 flight. "We have a friend from our team who we have to say farewell to for good … We must find out the truth for all the families."

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In the best film category, The Grandmaster, a poetic tale of the life of wing chun master Ip Man, beat Ilo Ilo - best film at Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards - and Stray Dogs - the Venice Film Festival jury prize winner.

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"This film has taken a long time to prepare and it took us three years to shoot. I treasure this team the most," said Wong, who took home the film's first best director award.

Zhang won a Golden Horse in November for her portrayal of northern kung fu master Gong-er, who develops a forbidden affection for Ip, played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai.


The film's art director William Chang Suk-ping won the award for best costume design, and Philippe Le Sourd was named best cinematographer. Both lost out on Academy Awards last month. Chang shared the best production award with Alfred Yau Wai-ming, and the film also won for best composer.

Best actor went to Indian star Irrfan Khan, who won the hearts of a jury headed by director Peter Chan Ho-sun with his performance in romantic movie The Lunchbox. There was a big round of applause in the press room when the result was announced. The film's writer-director Ritesh Batra won best screenwriter.

Malaysian Chinese actress Yeo Yann Yann took the best supporting actress title for Singaporean film Ilo Ilo. Japanese style icon Joe Odagiri lost out to mainlander Huang Bo, who took best supporting actor for his performance in thriller No Man's Land.

And Hong Kong's Choi Hon-yick, star of local movie The Way We Dance, lost his bid for best newcomer award to mainlander Jiang Shuying for her role in So Young.



Korean films Mr. Go and Cold Eyes won best visual effects and best editing awards respectively.

A special lifetime achievement award was also presented to Taiwanese director Hao Hsiao-hsien. "Now, with this award I must continue to make more and better films," he said.