Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Zhou Xun wins best female actor at Asian Film Awards

Chinese mainland actress, Zhou Xun (周迅), was awarded Best Actress at the Asian Film Awards on Monday evening. She won for her performance in the romantic drama The Equation of Love and Death, beating out amongst others her compatriots Zhao Wei (nominated for Painted Skin) and Jiang Wenli (And the Spring Comes).

The Asian Film Awards are presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival; this is just the third year of the awards. The other Chinese winner in the main categories was 16 year-old Yu Shao Qun, who played legendary Peking Opera star Mei Lanfang as a boy in Forever Enthralled.

Two Chinese films were nominated for Best Picture, Forever Enthralled and the historical epic Red Cliff, but both missed out to the Japanese production Tokyo Sonata. Chinese directors Feng Xiaogang (If You Are the One) and John Woo (Red Cliff) were nominees in the Best Director category, but Japanese director Kore-Eda Hirokazu took the prize for Still Walking. China's lone nominee in the Best Actor category, Ge You (If You Are the One), also had to take second place to the Japanese, Motoki Masahiro who starred in the Oscar-winning Departures.

The full list of winners and nominees is at the Asian Film Awards website.

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