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
Excellence in Asian Cinema
Ann Hui, The Golden Era
Liao Fan, Black Coal, Thin Ice
Bae Doo-na, A Girl At My Door
Zhang Huiwen, Coming Home
Best Supporting Actor:
Wang Zhiwen, The Golden Era
Best supporting actress:
Ikewaki Chizuru, The Light Shines Only There
Diao Yinan, Black Coal, Thin Ice
Zeng Jian, Blind Massage
Best Production Designer:
Liu Qing, Gone with the Bullets
Mikey McCleary, Margarita, with a Straw
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