Arresting night for PTU at film awards

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 March, 2004, 12:00am

Director Johnnie To Kei-fung's gritty police drama PTU swept aside big-name competitors as it won six of the eight major trophies at last night's Golden Bauhinia Awards.

Rivals such as Running On Karma, Golden Chicken 2, and Infernal Affairs II and III went unrewarded. The Golden Bauhinias are considered a guide to Sunday's Hong Kong Film Awards.

PTU was named best film, while To was named best director. PTU's stars Simon Yam Tat-wah, Lam Suet and TV favourite Maggie Siu Mei-kei were named best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress respectively.

'This is totally unexpected,' said Yam, who is also nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award. 'We worked on this film for three years. I have to thank Johnnie To for giving me a role that many actors would die for.'

PTU's script won Yau Nai-hoi and Au Kin-yi the best screenplay trophy. It tells the story of a squad of Police Tactical Unit officers and their all-night search through the streets of Kowloon for a colleague's missing handgun.

Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi won the best actress award with her role as a mini-bus driver grieving for her husband in Lost in Time. Arthur Wong Ngok-tai's was named best cinematographer for The Floating Landscape.