33rd Hong Kong Film Awards

I COVET everything about the posters.

Even though the witty fangirls remind us they must be stealing from March of Progress:

imo Louis Koo is not my cuppa and would ever reach the league(s) of the other four in his company, so in no way he is most advanced unless we are talking about himbohood.  And yes, my SeanLau has long been teased as looking like a (very handsome) chimp and by association my taste in men has been quite worrisome for my peers.  I’ve fallen for the guy even earlier than the man in front of him, ie Tony Leung, but I always get the last laugh and I love my never failing fine taste in men.

But seriously let me get back to the ladies because I have never seen all 5 actresses dressed with so much individuality, so in tune with the usual taste and style of their own, no one is stealing the thunder of anybody else and you dart your eyes from one to the other amazed at how each of them look their best, holding their place as they should yet yielding a harmonious picture.

And they graphically set the pedestals for other awards at happening street corners of Hong Kong.  <333  I wished they truly prop them up in cardboard for real so tourists can have something timely and creative for once to do there other than eat and shop for jewelry, watches and overthecounter meds.

I hope Chow Yun Fat will be in attendance just to show off how handsome a leading man he still is at 58!, losing 30 pounds and looking 20 years younger by that from 3 months of healthy eating and a lot of hiking.   It motivates me a lot.   Summer is around the bend, guys and girls.

List of nominations and my picks:

Best Film:
– The Grandmaster
– Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
– The Way We Dance
– The White Storm
– Unbeatable

Best Director:
Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster)
– Johnnie To (Drug War)
– Benny Chan (The White Storm)
– Derek Kwok (As the Light Goes Out)
– Dante Lam (Unbeatable)

Best Screenplay:
Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng, Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster)
– Zhou Zhiyong, Zhang Ji, Aubrey Lam (American Dreams in China)
– Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right)
– Wai Ka Fai, Yau Nai Hoi, Ryker Chan, Yu Xi (Blind Detective)
– Jack Ng, Fung Chi Fung, Dante Lam (Unbeatable)

Best Actor:
Tony Leung (The Grandmaster)
– Louis Koo (The White Storm)
– Sean Lau (The White Storm)
– Anthony Wong (Ip Man: The Final Fight)
– Nick Cheung (Unbeatable)

tbvh they should give the award to Nick,  he has earned it with how many good perfs he has churned out last year alone, which is fine by me, but if they have the best bromance in HK  cinema last year, THIS:


Best Actress:
Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)
– Tang Wei (Finding Mr. Right)
Cherry Ngan (The Way We Dance)
– Sammi Cheng (Blind Detective)
– Nina Paw (Rigor Mortis)

Nina Paw is amazing as always in Rigor Mortis (HK Walking Dead if I may) and she has been a winning dark horse in recent years.  Tang Wei has no chance at all, she was not even serviceable in Finding Mr. Right which is such an offensive movie under the candycoating romance.  Sammi is in the house of Andy Lau, ie a megastar, always playing a version of charismatic self.  Now I would be very pleasantly surprised if Cherry Ngan steals it (who is she you may ask?!) while still feel a bit bumped for ZZY a very deserving sure win in the category.

Best Supporting Actor:
– Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster)
– Tong Dawei (American Dreams in China)
– Huang Bo (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)
– Eddie Peng (Unbeatable)
Antony Chan (Rigor Mortis)

Or Huang Bo.  But this is HKFA and Antony Chan has the nostalgic love since his boyband Wynners days before I was born.  That and he is good in Rigor Mortis.

Best Supporting Actress:
– Du Juan (American Dreams in China)
– Carina Lau (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
– Law Lan (The White Storm)
– Crystal Lee (Unbeatable)
Kara Hui (Rigor Mortis)

They will probably give it to Carina, consolation for snubbing her all the years in better things, but gosh for this turd?!

Best New Performer:
– Du Juan (American Dreams in China)
– Fish Liew (Doomsday Party)
– Lin Gengxin (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
Babyjohn Choi (The Way We Dance)
– Angel Chiang (A Secret Between Us)

Best Cinematography:
Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)
– Anthony Pun (The White Storm)
– Jason Kwan (As the Light Goes Out)
– Kenny Tse (Unbeatable)
– Ng Kai Ming (Rigor Mortis)

Best Film Editing:
William Chang, Benjamin Courtines, Poon Hung Yiu (The Grandmaster)
– Kwong Chi Leung, Ron Chan (Firestorm)
– Yau Chi Wai (The White Storm)
– Wong Hoi (As the Light Goes Out)
– Azrael Chung (Unbeatable)

Best Art Direction:
William Chang, Alfred Yau (The Grandmaster)
– Eric Lam (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)
– Ken Mak (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
– Eric Lam (As the Light Goes Out)
– Irving Cheung (Rigor Mortis)

Best Costume & Makeup Design:
William Chang (The Grandmaster)
– Dora Ng (American Dreams in China)
– Lee Pik Kwan, Bruce Yu (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)
– Lee Pik Kwan, Bruce Yu (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
– Miggy Cheng, Phoebe Wong, Kittichon Kunratchol (Rigor Mortis)

I have paused and touched my screen, mentally licked them pearls so many time in HD on the collar of a costume in Grandmaster.   So I won’t be happy if they think this is an award The Grandmaster can do without.  GIVE IT ALL THE AWARDS!  Just so you can bribe/ put down payment/ give candies and xoxo to WKW to just gift us one more masterpiece in our lifetime, whatever it may be.

Best Action Choreography:
Yuen Woo Ping (The Grandmaster)
– Yuen Bun (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
– Chin Ka Lok (Firestorm)
– Donnie Yen (Special ID)
– Ling Chi Wah (Unbeatable)

They would give one of these tech awards to Det. Dee *rolleyes* but this silly franchise should’ve been put down in its infancy.

Best Original Film Score:
– Shigeru Umebayashi, Nathaniel Mechaly (The Grandmaster)
– Kenji Kawai (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
Day Tai, Afuc Chan (The Way We Dance)
– Teddy Robin, Tomy Wai (As the Light Goes Out)
– Henry Lai (Unbeatable)

Best Original Film Song:
– “New Order” <新秩序 > (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded)
– “Let’s Dance Crazily” <狂舞吧> (The Way We Dance)
“Blind Love” <盲愛> (Blind Detective)
– “Lifelong Sympathy” <心照一生> (The White Storm)
– “Love is the Greatest” <愛最大> (As the Light Goes Out)

You have home bred hugest megastar darlings Andy! and Sammi!, give them a big incentive so they will tango and sing and make the award show less a snoozefest.

Best Sound Design:
– Robert Mackenzie, Traithep Wongpaiboon (The Grandmaster)
– Kinson Tsang (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
– Phyllis Cheng (As the Light Goes Out)
– Phyllis Cheng (Unbeatable)
Benny Chu, Steve Miller (Rigor Mortis)

Best Visual Effects:
Pierre Buffin (The Grandmaster)
– Wook Kim (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon)
– Yee Kwok Leung, Lai Man Chun, Ho Kwan Yeung, Garrett K. Lam (Firestorm)
– Henri Wong, Hugo Kwan, Walter Wong (As the Light Goes Out)
– Enoch Chan (Rigor Mortis)

Best New Director:
– Adam Wong (The Way We Dance)
– Alan Yuen (Firestorm)
– Juno Mak (Rigor Mortis)

Best Film from Mainland China and Taiwan:
– Rock Me to the Moon (Taiwan)
– Lost in Thailand (China)
– The Last Supper (China)
– Touch of the Light (Taiwan)
– So Young (China)

I have not seen all on the list, just ANYTHING BUT SO YOUNG PLZ ><

I won’t win any bet, these are just my favorites and no way half of it would win out with all the politicking, ie no way they are going to give all the awards to 3 movies, ha.  The only thing I would cry banshee is if Lin GengXin gets one for best newcomer, he is terribly overrated as is, nothing is memorable in that movie, it got its handsome award from the box office already.  It was a thin year for me, other than Grandmaster, I did not love anything.

Next year though, these should be sure in!

I would’ve stolen the posters for Overh3ard if they were anywhere close to my grabby hands.  Especially the Sean Lau one (and the Daniel Wu one, and I want the Zhou Xun too, badly.)

HK cinema is still decent in Asia at the action crime thriller genre they made an industry out of, but this is quite an overload and frustrating for me they always insert someone in the mix that makes every one a must-see.  Sean Lau for one, packaged with a Zhou Xun whom it would be interesting to see how she crosses the cultural barrier into the thick of a HK crime thriller and hopefully not as a vase.

I sounded like I hate Louis Koo.  Not really, but on his own he does nothing for me, packaged with Sean Lau and Zhou Xun, whom clearly are great friends with him and he is making them joking around and smiling and happy, I can love Louis for that alone.   He is a very sweet guy in RL, that doesn’t mean I give him brownie points on my meanieme screen.

Then there is 赤盜/Helios and its smorgasbord of stars bunched together for your picking.  It is Jacky Cheung with a side of Chang Chen and a bite of Shawn Yue that is making me glued, not that I see a lot of promise of it being actually very good.   But mostly Jacky Cheung, who is one of the most underrated, terrifically talented HK A-lister NOT working much.  This is his first role after Crossing Hennessey, officially it has been 3 years since we saw him on the big screen, but that was filmed in March 2009 and for someone as understatedly A.Ma.Zing and imo with potential still untapped, 5 years not acting is such a shame.

I always thought Nick and Jacky (and Jackie Chan) are facetwins, I am not wrong!  Hey why don’t they throw in an Odagiri Joe to have a crazyhairBAMF!off with Chang Chen while at it.

A new bunch of eye-catching posters are also out for 香港仔/Aberdeen and I have eyeworms, lots and lots of them 80s cantopop earworms.  Not saying it is horrible, but geez I know every single one of them and singing them out loud is very age-showing even when I am alone.  That is what the chinese characters are about square and center.

I will watch this, but I would’ve been all over it if Louis is replaced by Sean Lau/Daniel Wu, and Miriam and Gigi by Gillian Chung (shockingly very good in Beyond Our Ken) and Cecilia Cheung.  That shot of Miriam sitting by the window with dawn as her makeup is paying homage to this memorable scene of Cecilia in King of Comedy,  bursting out with talent in her very first role:

And if we need that against type of a pure as snow idol sweetheart, nothing is more meta than a Gillian.  It is practicality catering to the infantile sino market where casting of leads is based heavily on the image of stars instead of driven by the perfect fit of the actors to the characters.   While superficially Shawn Yue is the most gorgeous of his gen imo, he hasn’t really broken out being impressive on his own right.    I think Pang Ho Cheung needs a muse that can elevate his material  instead of casting serviceable buddies of his.

I will watch Aberdeen solely on the crazily talented PHC not even reaching his golden years, juxtaposed with the trust I have in great veterans and mindblowing writing anchoring, the said to be most political movie Fruit Chan has ever made (and he always has a very unique voice on current affairs):  The Midnight AfterThe cantonese title is a bigger mouthful:  那夜凌晨,我坐上了旺角開往大埔的紅VAN (Middle of that night, I hopped on a red minivan from MongKok to TaiPo), based on a HK viral online novel, a political satire. It made a showing at Berlinale for the Panorama category.  It is described as a paranormal comedy/horror .  I usually give Fruit Chan a very cautious chance in everything he does, but his storytelling and pace usually fails to enthrall me more than the promising material he has been working with.   With Simon Yam, Lam Suet and Kara Hui, all award winning veterans anchoring the ensemble cast, and the chuckles I should get from it stabbing the daylight out of the local politicians, plus the curiosity of WTH is a paranormal comedy/horror, this is a must must-see.

Have an eng-subbed trailer and an MV:

I am not a huge awards show person ever, but nothing is prying me away droolzing at Sean Lau and Tony Leung and Tang Wei will be a breath of fresh air and I love to be proven wrong and cheer for Zhang ZiYi wholeheartedly in yet another deserving win along with the dozens awards for her most brilliant job in The Grandmasters.  Of course the masterpiece is nominated in every possible award and I expect it to sweep, HKers, especially the critics, love that movie, finally a WKW that is ‘mass appealing’ for the home crowd and everyone would kiss the ground WKW walks on even if not a stan of the auteur prior.

But in my heart I am giving a pump for 顏卓靈/Cherry Ngan (the youngest of the actress noms, she is the one on the far left in the simple cobalt blue gown and a Tang Wei lookalike).  ZZY should and would win the award but Cherry stole my heart.  The movie is The Way We DanceI have finally seen it, can no longer rein in the curiosity for the raves for her.  The story is barely holding my attention, it has a thinner plot than StepUp2TheStreets along that vein and there are quite a few amateurish acting of unknowns to nitpick but Cherry is so fantabulous in it.  OK maybe that is an exaggeration but for a girl who is helping out her folks at the tofu shop dishing up the delicate tofu fa, and not missing a beat of fun street dancing her way through the chore and busing tables, this is landmines territory for OTT in most working young HK actresses sadly, but she is clearly naturally born talented the instant she pops on my screen, never a doubt my end.  I assumed she is a trained dancer by occupation and I know she is a singer but she is actually an English major, and I immediately jumped to Yuki Furukawa(duh) having a passion for street dancing as a hobby on the side while reading his engineering textbooks.   The serendipity is another ‘newcomer’ Baby John Choi/蔡瀚億 is quite impressive and a Yukikun lookalike (with pitiable pornstache),  I have never heard of him but he is the top of his class in drama school and has been a seasoned stage actor.


4 thoughts on “33rd Hong Kong Film Awards

  1. Chow Yun Fat!!! In the Kpop world they’re always talking about charisma. No one’s got anything on him I say!!

    And Sean! That friendly, genuine-next-door-neighbour face and aura of his…his wife did sooo well.

    1. CYF is the definition of a superstar. I honestly have not loved any real movie work he did last decade, but when he suddenly shows up so dashing and smiling that smile of his, that is charisma and charm that he could bottle and sale to all the youngluns in the industry and they would sell a limb for a whiff.

      Sean is so whatever a chameleon he wanna be on screen, owning it, may it be so charming I can weep or an unattractive gawdy loser or a scary murderer, it all so seemingly effortless for him. Even in RL, when he is not smiling, he seems scarily serious but when he does grin, he is like the cutest pug.

  2. So much MANLY goodness, I know I can always count on you mookie! <333

    And seriously want to freaking steal the Ovearhead 3 Posters with you, rope me in the gang please pretty please?!

    1. sigh….too bad my only gf who used to work in the industry has gone on greener pastures, but I am still shamelessly bugging her to make sure she will use every connection to get me one. She whines I am getting too old for this shiz but see I told her I will make a crumbling brick wall happen for my fireplace which can so use that poster and we grownass adults call it interior design. How mature and fancy now, huh?!

      And ZhouXun’s can so be a feminist statement.

      And who need an excuse to put up a gorgeous Daniel Wu poster. RIGHT?!

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