9th Asian Film Awards – Oscar Worthy Moments

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The 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA) ceremony, dubbed the “Oscars of Asia”, was held at The Venetian Macao last night, commemorating another year of excellence in Asian cinema. The 9th AFA was jointly organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), and its constituent partners – Busan Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival


Hong Kong pop star, and breakout actress Ivana Wong opened the 9th AFA ceremony with a heartfelt singing performance. Later, South Korean band Infinite entertained guests with an energetic musical set, which was then followed by loud applause from their dedicated fans.

Overall, Mainland China’s films stole the show, winning awards in 10 categories, including 3 out of the 4 major accolades. This year’s coveted Best Film Award went to Blind Massage. 

Other major winners this year include Ann Hui who took home the Best Director award for The Golden Era. Liao Fan beat out other nominees for the Best Actor Award for his role in Black Coal, Thin Ice. However, it was South Korean Bae Doo-na who was awarded Best Actress for her stunning performance in A Girl At My Door.

The “Godfather of Korean Cinema,” revered Director Im Kwon-taek, received top honors, earning the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Korean Cinema throughout his over 50 year career. 

Japanese Actress Nakatani Miki was also recognized this year, securing the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award in honor of her diverse, multi-award winning career. 

9th Asian Film Awards (AFA) List of Winners

Lifetime Achievement:
Im Kwon-taek

Excellence in Asian Cinema
Nakatani Miki

Best Film:
Blind Massage

Best Director:
Ann Hui, The Golden Era

Best Actor:
Liao Fan, Black Coal, Thin Ice

Best Actress:
Bae Doo-na, A Girl At My Door

Best Newcomer:
Zhang Huiwen, Coming Home

Best Supporting Actor:
Wang Zhiwen, The Golden Era

Best supporting actress:
Ikewaki Chizuru, The Light Shines Only There

Best Screenwriter:
Diao Yinan, Black Coal, Thin Ice

Best Cinematographer:
Zeng Jian, Blind Massage

Best Production Designer:
Liu Qing, Gone with the Bullets

Best Composer:
Mikey McCleary, Margarita, with a Straw

Best Editor:
Gareth Evans, The Raid 2: Berandal

Best Visual Effects:
Rick Sander and Christoph Zollinger, Gone with the Bullets

Best Costume designer:

William Chang Suk Ping, Gone with the Bullets

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