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.
Best Picture: Mother (S. Korea)
Best Director: Chuan Lu (City of Life and Death, China)
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 Assassins)
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. Korea)
Best Production Design: Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne, Lee Tian-jue, Face (Taiwan)
Best costume design: Christian Lacroix, Anne Dunsford, Wang Chia-Hui, Face
Best composer: Lo Ta-yu, Vengeance (Hong Kong)
Best editor: Lee Chatametikool, Karaoke (Malaysia)
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 Sae-ron for Newcomer). Su Ae’s The Sword With No Name was nominated for Costuming, Mother for Editing, Running Turtle for Composer, Thirst for Production Design and Cinematography, and Like You Know It All for Screenplay.