A Simple Life rules at HK Film Awards
As expected, Ann Hui's A Simple Life, a moving drama film about the relationship between an elderly servant and her young master, reigns supreme at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards.
The film scored five gongs out of eight nominations, beating Johnny To's Life Without Principle and Tsui Hark's 3D masterpiece Flying Swords of Dragon Gate to be named Best Film, while stars Deanie Ip and Andy Lau won the awards of Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. This also marks 64-year-old Ip's sixth win after her victory at the Venice film festival and Asian Film Awards.
Other awards for the film also included Best Director for Hui, also 64, and Best Screenplay for scribe Susan Chan.
Meanwhile, the awards of Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress went to Life Without Principle stars Lo Hai Pang and So Hang Shuen respectively, while Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao Ching Teng took home the award of Best New Performer for his movie debut in The Killer Who Never Kills.
Author-turned-filmmaker Giddens Ko further did Taiwanese proud when his box office hit You Are the Apple of My Eye was named Best Film of Mainland and Taiwanese.
Tsui's team did not go home empty-handed, as the film also raked in five awards, though they are mostly in technical categories, such as Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction and Best Action Choreography.
Legendary science fiction writer and screenwriter Ni Kuang was awarded with Lifetime achievement Award.
The event, hailed as the biggest night for Hong Kong film scene, was held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Published April 17 2012