Monday, March 22, 2010
Other multiple winners were City of Life and Death (also known as Nanjing! Nanjing!), Bodyguards and Assassins, At the End of Daybreak and Face, each winning two awards. The Best Visual Effects award went to South Korean Yi Zeon-hyoung of Thirst. The Toronto International Film Festival's programmer for the Midnight Madness selections, Colin Geddes, felt that the Japanese film Symbol was robbed in this category. He attended the ceremony with TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, sometimes known as the "Godfather of Bollywood." He has appeared in over 100 films, and was mentioned as the character who gives young Malik an autograph in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
Chinese director Zhang Yimou received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema. He is the most famous of the "Fifth Generation" of Chinese filmmakers and was acclaimed for his work directing the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. John Woo won the prize for Top-Grossing Film Director for Red Cliff, the highest-grossing film in Chinese history.
This year's jury president was Tony Leung Ka-fai.
Complete list of Asian Film Award winners
Mother (South Korea)
Lu Chuan, City of Life and Death (China)
Wang Xueqi, Bodyguards and Assassins (Hong Kong/China)
Kim Hye-ja, Mother (South Korea)
Ng Meng Hui, At the End of Daybreak (Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea)
Best Supporting Actor
Nicholas Tse, Bodyguards and Assassins (Hong Kong/China)
Best Supporting Actor
Wai Ying-hung, At the End of Daybreak (Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea)
Parl Eun-kyo, Bong Joon-ho, Mother (South Korea)
Cao Yu, City of Life and Death (China)
Best Production Designer
Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne/Lee Tian-Jue, Face (Taiwan)
Lo Ta-Yu, Vengeance (Hong Kong)
Lee Chatametikool, Karaoke (Malaysia)
Best Visual Effects
Yi Zeon-hyoung, Thirst (South Korea)
Best Costume Designer
Christian Lacroix, Anne Dunsford, Wang Chia-Hui, Face (Taiwan)
Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema
The Asian Film Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Asian Film Award for 2009's Top-Grossing Film Director