"Mother" Wins Best Picture At Asian Film Awards

Director Bong Joon-ho’s thriller Mother,
starring Kim Hye-ja as a mother determined to clear
her son (Won Bin) of murder charges, picked up three
awards at the recent Asian Film Awards, among them Best Picture and Best
Actress. Director Bong also won the award for Best Screenplay with
co-writer Park Eun-kyo. The other Korean film to pick up an award was
Park Chan-wook’s vampire horror-thriller Thirst, which
won for Best Visual Effects.

The ceremony was held on March 22 in Hong Kong and handed out a total
of 14 trophies. Full list of winners below.

Winners List

Best Picture: Mother (S. Korea)
Best Director: Chuan Lu (City of Life and Death,
Best Actor: Wang Xueqi (Bodyguards and Assassins,
Hong Kong/China)
Best Actress: Kim Hye-ja (Mother, S. Korea)
Best Supporting Actor: Nicholas Tse (Bodyguards and
Best Supporting Actress: Wai Ying-hung (At the End
of Daybreak
, Malaysia/Hong Kong/Korea)
Best Newcomer: Ng Meng Hui (At the End of Daybreak)
Best Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho, Park Eun-kyo, Mother
Best Cinematography: Cao Yu, City of Life and Death
Best Visual Effects: Yi Zeonhyoung, Thirst (S.
Best Production Design: Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne,
Lee Tian-jue
, Face (Taiwan)
Best costume design: Christian Lacroix, Anne Dunsford, Wang
, Face
Best composer: Lo Ta-yu, Vengeance (Hong Kong)
Best editor: Lee Chatametikool, Karaoke
Lifetime achievement award: Amitabh Bachchan
Outstanding contribution to Asian film: Zhang Yimou

Song Kang-ho and Won Bin were also
nominated for acting awards for Thirst and Mother,
respectively. Other Korean films that were nominated but did not win
their categories included Breathless (Kim Kkot-bi
for Best Actress) and A Brand New Life (child actress Kim
for Newcomer). Su Ae’s The Sword With No Name
was nominated for Costuming, Mother for Editing, Running
for Composer, Thirst for Production Design and
Cinematography, and Like You Know It All for Screenplay.

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