The 10th annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) took place at the Venetian Theatre in the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Thursday, March 17, 2016. The awards ceremony is hosted every year by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), which consists of three major international film festivals in Asia, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the Busan International Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. AFAA announced the winners and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Japanese actress Kirin KIKI and Hong Kong action choreographer-director YUEN Wo-ping at the AFA Ceremony.
Many nominees from Japan were on hand for the event, including director Hirokazu KORE-EDA (Our Little Sister), Ryosuke HASHIGUCHI (Three Stories of Love), actor Masatoshi NAGASE, actor Tadanobu ASANO and actress Ryoko FUJINO.
ASANO won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Journey To The Shore, and expressed his happiness and thanks in English from the stage.
Kirin KIKI received her Lifetime Achievement Award from director Hirokazu KORE-EDA, with whom she has frequently worked, and delivered a short speech.
The Best Film Award was given to The Assassin, directed by HOU Hsiao-Hsien. For the full winners list, please refer to the next page.
The 10th AFA attracted participants from all over Asia, and was a great success.
Tadanobu ASANO’s Speech:
Thank you so much. I am very happy to get this great award. I just want to say one thing: I really want to work with you. There are great actors and actresses, directors and many great crews, tonight. I really want to work with you, and I am ready to work with you. But don’t forget Japanese food on the set! Thank you very much.
Kirin KIKI’s Speech:
I am truly happy that rain didn’t ruin the night. Countless people have worked and are still working to make this special evening end in a big success. I dedicate this trophy to those people. Unfortunately, there is only one trophy here, so I’ll just take it home with me (smile). Thank you.
The Awards results:
Best Film: The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan) Dir: HOU Hsiao-Hsien
Best Director: HOU Hsiao-Hsien for The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Best Actor: LEE Byung-Hun for Inside Men (South Korea)
Best Actress: SHU Qi for The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Best Supporting Actor: Tadanobu ASANO for Journey To The Shore (Japan)
Best Supporting Actress: ZHOU Yun for in The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Best Newcomer: Jessie LI for Port Of Call (Hong Kong)
Best Screenplay: JIA Zhang-Ke for Mountains May Depart (France, Japan, Mainland China)
Best Editing: William CHANG Suk Ping, CHU Ka Yat, LIAO Ching-sung, WONG Hoi, Philip YUNG for Port Of Call (Hong Kong)
Best Cinematographer: Mark LEE Ping-Bing for The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Best Original Music: LIM Giong for The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Best Costume Design: LEE Ji-yeon, SHIM Hyun-seob for The Throne (South Korea)
Best Production Design: HWARNG Wern-ying for The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Best Visual Effects: Prasad SUTAR for Bajirao Mastani (India)
Best Sound: CHU Shih-Yi, TU Duu-Chih, WU Shu-Yao for The Assassin (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kirin KIKI (Japan), YUEN Wo-ping (Hong Kong)
Highest-Grossing Asian Film of the year: Monster Hunt
Nominees from Japan:
Best Film: Three Stories of Love
Best Director: Hirokazu KORE-EDA (Our Little Sister)
Best Actor: Masatoshi NAGASE (An)
Best Actress: Haruka AYASE (Our Little Sister)
Best Supporting Actor: Tadanobu ASANO (Journey To The Shore)
Best Supporting Actress: Anna TSUCHIYA (Gonin Saga) and Juri UENO (The Beauty Inside*) *Korean Film
Best Newcomer: Ryoko FUJINO (Solomon’s Perjury, Solomon’s Perjury 2)
Best Screenplay: Takashi UJITA, Kiyoshi KUROSAWA (Journey To The Shore)
Best Editing: Yasuyuki OZEKI (Bakuman)
Best Cinematographer: Yasushi SASAKIBARA, Yoshiaki YAMAMOTO (Gonin Saga)
Best Original Music: Yoshihide OTOMO (Journey To The Shore)
Best Costume Design: Masae MIYAMOTO (Kakekomi)
Best Production Design: Tetsuo HARADA (Kakekomi)
Best Visual Effects: Katsuro ONOUE (Attack On Titan)
Best Sound: Shinji WATANABE (Bakuman), Toru NISHIYAMA (The Inerasable)
ASIAN FILM AWARDS (AFA)
Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of the region. The Awards is organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy established in Hong Kong in late 2013 in collaboration of the three long-established and major international film festivals in Asia; Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo.