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Chinese language cinema

Crime drama Port of Call named 2015’s best picture by Hong Kong Film Critics Society

Philip Yung’s third feature also picks up awards for its lead actor and actress, both new to the screen; Tsui Hark named best director, while Sylvia Chang shares best screenwriter award

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 January, 2016, 6:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 January, 2016, 6:22pm

Critic-turned-filmmaker Philip Yung Tsz-kwong’s third feature, the true-crime drama Port of Call , has been voted the best Hong Kong film of 2015 by a panel of critics, the Hong Kong Film Critics Society announced on Monday.

Presumably intent on taking a liberal view of what constitutes a Hong Kong film, the society picked Hong Kong veteran Tsui Hark as best director for The Taking of Tiger Mountain, a mainland Chinese film. The Hong Kong-based Taiwanese filmmaker Sylvia Chang Ai-chia and Taiwan-based Japanese actor Yukihiko Kageyama are named best screenwriters for Murmur of the Hearts, essentially a Taiwanese production.

In an intriguing decision that at once highlights the high regard that critics hold for Yung’s film and the general dearth of quality in Hong Kong, Michael Ning Chi-ho and Jessie Li – both new to the screen – were named best actor and actress for their roles in Port of Call. Ning won the best supporting actor prize in November’s Golden Horse Film Awards.

The society also named its seven recommended films of 2015: (click on titles to read SCMP.com’s reviews)

The Taking of Tiger Mountain

Murmur of the Hearts

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