33rd Hong Kong Film Awards 2014 香港電影金像獎 – Winners and Nomination List and Detailed Analysis

33rd Hong Kong Film Awards 2014 香港電影金像獎 – Winners and Nomination List and Detailed Analysis

Analysis and Coverage by: Andrew Chan AACTA FCCA FIPRESCI
Attended as guest of the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards 2014 in Hong Kong on April 13th.
Also published in various Australian and Chinese media.
Pictures are courtesy of Hong Kong Film Awards Committee.
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Its a year onwards, the annual film award event in Hong Kong is more about celebrating the achievements of the local film industry than its awards. Sure there is the glamour and excitement surrounding this event, but at its core, its about gathering the film family together like the 32 ceremonies before it.

The Grandmaster

The biggest winner of the night goes to Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Action and nearly all the technical awards. While a film of masterclass Wong Kar Wai’s quality deserved to sweep all the technicial and acting gons, the winning of Best Director and Best Picture is worthy of debate. Personally, The Grandmaster is easily the best “unfinished film” and despite its enormous effort, epic porportion and not to mention years of dedication from its cast and crew, it is far cry from his best work. Dante Lam’s “Unbeatable” and Benny Chan’s “The White Storm” may have felt short changed. Having said that Zhang Zi Yi deserved her award as she managed to overshadow the title role of Ip Man effortlessly. As much as I admire Wong Kar Wai as a director, “The Grandmaster” while an achievement in terms of style, it lacks the usual emotional core that his films usually engulf the audience. While many displayed unhappiness over Rigor Mortis numerous snub, most notably the acting gons, it may well be affected by the average direction from new director Juno Mak. “Rigor Mortis” is clearly the case where the acting and technical areas are top notched, but easily let down by a wholly average script and direction.

Nick Cheung

Nick Cheung winning Best Actor was the highlight of the show and while deserving of his award in a film where he has to battle his internal demons as well as building up into a muscle built fighter. It must not go without saying that it could well have been Nick Cheung vs Nick Cheung, if his terrific ground breaking performance in “White Storm” was actually recognised in the first place. In the Benny Chan’s film, Cheung’s scene stealing performance was precisely why the over the top twist even end up working.

The Way We Dance

A film I thoroughly enjoyed watching and perhaps the highlight of last year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival comes in the form of Best New Director Adam Wong (who made his début with the wonderful “Magic Boy” from a few years back) and Best Newcomer Babyjohn. Both deserving won their categories and in particular, Babyjohn was uprightly emotional and providing the local audience with hope and aspirations of the future of Hong Kong cinema. Quality male actors are a rare quality and leading male from the new generation is as rare as gold. I sincerely expect and hope that Babyjohn will go on and build a career from this experience. Likewise, director Adam Wong is spot-on as we eagerly awaits his next piece of cinematic showing. As for Cherry Ngan, Nick Cheung rightly claimed and encouraged her – “Wait for next time, you still need to sacrifice more years of youth for films.”

Overall improvements and thoughts

I thought the use of split screens of each Best Actor and Actress nominees as the award is announced provides some much need excitement. The use of one presenter in most important awards presentation rather than a duo to play off each other is much missed. Perhaps the Association should take a leaf out of the Oscar ceremonies in making the atmosphere more fun in the form of someone like Ellen to brighten the occasion with laughter. After all, the award show while formal, needs to be entertaining as well.

Overall, the show was less entertaining than last year’s edition and have fewer higher emotional points. Geroge Lam’s powerful singing of Wong Fei Hung is much welcomed and in the process waking up the audience and indeed the very presence of Anthony Wong opening his mouth is pure entertainment. Famed scholar Tao Kit’s presentation of an award could have been given more time, but after becoming a director himself in “Enthralled”, he somehow lost his usual extremely vocal and non-stop voice in the progress. Still, a lot of hard work and dedication is required for the annual award event to happen, especially those working behind the scenes whose efforts are often unrecognised. Maybe I am expecting too much from an award show, but expectations is a good thing and I have no doubt that next year’s Hong Kong Films Award will improve leaps and bounds. See you all next year!

Best Picture
Winner:
• The Grandmaster
Nominees:
– Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
– Unbeatable
– The Way We Dance
– The White Storm

Best Director
Winner:
• Wong Kar-Wai (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Derek Kwok Chi-Kin (As the Light Goes Out)
– Johnnie To Kei-Fung (Drug War)
– Dante Lam Chiu-Yinn (Unbeatable)
– Benny Chan Muk-Sing (The White Storm)

Best Actor
Winner:
• Nick Cheung Ka-Fai (Unbeatable)
Nominees:
– Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (The Grandmaster)
– Anthony Wong Chau-Sang (Ip Man – The Final Fight)
– Louis Koo Tin-Lok (The White Storm)
– Lau Ching-Wan (The White Storm)

Best Actress
Winner:
• Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Sammi Cheng Sau-Man (Blind Detective)
– Tang Wei (Finding Mr. Right)
– Bau Hei-Jing (Rigor Mortis)
– Cherry Ngan Cheuk-Ling (The Way We Dance)

Best Supporting Actor
Winner:
• Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Tong Dawei (American Dreams in China)
– Huang Bo (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)
– Anthony Chan (Rigor Mortis)
– Eddie Peng Yu-Yan (Unbeatable)

Best Supporting Actress
Winner:
• Kara Hui Ying-Hung (Rigor Mortis)
Nominees:
– Du Juan (American Dreams in China)
– Kara Hui Ying-Hung (Rigor Mortis)
– Law Lan (The White Storm)
– Carina Lau Ka-Ling (Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon)

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

Winner:
• Babyjohn Choi (The Way We Dance)
Nominees:
– Du Juan (American Dreams in China)
– Fish Liew (Doomsday Party)
– Angel Chiang Ka-Man (A Secret Between Us)
– Lin Gengxin (Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon)

Best Cinematography
Winner:
• Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Jason Kwan Chi-Yiu (As the Light Goes Out)
– Ng Kai-Ming (Rigor Mortis)
– Kenny Tse Chung-To (Unbeatable)
– Anthony Pun Yiu-Ming (The White Storm)

Best Editing
Winner:
• William Cheung Suk-Ping, Benjamin Courtines, Poon Hung-Yiu (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Wong Hoi (As the Light Goes Out)
– Kwong Chi-Leung, Ron Chan (Firestorm)
– Azrael Chung Wai-Chiu (Unbeatable)
– Yau Chi-Wai (The White Storm)

Best Art Direction
Winner:
• William Cheung Suk-Ping, Alfred Yau Wai-Ming (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Eric Lam (As the Light Goes Out)
– Eric Lam (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)
– Irving Cheung (Rigor Mortis)
– Ken Mak (Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon)

Best Costume & Make-Up Design
Winner:
• William Cheung Suk-Ping (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Dora Ng Lei-Lo (American Dreams in China)
– Bruce Yu Ka-On, Lee Pik-Kwan (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)
– Miggy Cheng, Phoebe Wong, Kittichon Kunratchol (Rigor Mortis)
– Bruce Yu Ka-On, Lee Pik-Kwan (Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon)

Best Action Choreography
Winner:
• Yuen Woo-Ping (The Grandmaster)
Nominees:
– Chin Kar-Lok (Firestorm)
– Ling Chi-Wah (Unbeatable)
– Yuen Bun (Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon)

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

Best Original Song
Winner:
• 狂舞吧 (from The Way We Dance)
Composer: Day Tai
Lyrics: Saville Chan
Performer: DoughBoy, Shimica Wong
Nominees:
– 愛最大 (As the Light Goes Out)
Composer: Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung
Lyrics: Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung, Qiao Xing,
Kit@24 Herbs, Phat@24 Herbs
Performer: Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung, 24 Herbs
– Love is Blind (from Blind Detective)
Composer: Hal Foxton Beckett, Marc Baril
Lyrics: Lam Jik
Performer: Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Sammi Cheng Sau-Man
– 心照一生 (from The White Storm)
Composer: RubberBand
Lyrics: RubberBand、Tim Lui
Performer: RubberBand
– 新秩序 (from Young And Dangerous: Reloaded)
Composer: Paul Wong Koon-Chung
Lyrics: Paul Wong Koon-Chung
Performer: Paul Wong Koon-Chung

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

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

Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan
Winner:
• So Young (CHINA)
Nominees:
– The Last Supper (CHINA)
– Lost In Thailand (CHINA)
– Rock Me To The Moon (TAIWAN)
– Touch Of The Light (TAIWAN)

Best New Director
Winner:
• Adam Wong Sau-Ping (The Way We Dance)
Nominees:
– Alan Yuen Kam-Lun (Firestorm)
– Juno Mak Chun-Lung (Rigor Mortis)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner:
• Zhang Xin-Yan (director, producer)

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