Chinese Film Association of Malaysia had successfully organized the country’s first local Chinese-language film awards; Golden Wau Awards. (Wau refers to intricately-designed Malaysian moon-kite and is one of the country’s national symbol) The inaugural awards presentation was held on 15th October 2013 at Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur Bangsar. I watched the awards show aired on Astro AEC yesterday, on a boring Sunday afternoon when I had nothing to do. Similarly to Hong Kong Film Awards or Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, Golden Wau Awards is an event held to celebrate and honour Chinese-language cinema in Malaysia.
I’m glad that someone or an association finally stepped up to organize this local Chinese film awards which should have existed many years ago here in Malaysia. This inaugural Golden Wau Awards is hoped to serve as a starting benchmark for the development of more future Malaysian Chinese films. I am hoping that this awards presentation would be conducted annually so that it will works effectively as a goal or objective for local Chinese filmmakers here to strive in producing movies in much better quality. It is no doubt we are far from Hong Kong’s standard, but we can certainly learn from them and produce our distinctively Malaysian Chinese film.
Perhaps, in one day soon, there would be a local Chinese film that would be as great and as epic as Hollywood’s Titanic (1997) film. The issues that need to be tackled to pave way to our films’ success are minimal budget allocation, lack of talented or famous local artists, poor script, lousy sets, inexperienced cinematography skills, etc. But I’m sure we can overcome all that in near future. I’m lending in my moral support. And as for the 1st Golden Wau Awards, I’m surprised over the attendance by some Hong Kong’s big stars; Eric Tsang (his fame need not to be explained), Kara Hui (two-time Hong Kong film awards’ best actress, and Oxide Pang (famous director, husband of Angelica Lee). In the awards show, I like the idea of showing some short films in between, but some are quite silly and awkward. Ahh, forget about it. Hereby is the list of winners:
Best Movie:– Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010)
Best Director: Chiu Keng Guan – Great Day (2011)
Best Actor: Jack Neo – Homecoming (2011)
Best Actress: Lee Sinje – Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010)
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Lim – Great Day (2011)
Best Supporting Actress: Kara Hui – The Wedding Diary (2011)
Best Theme Song: We Are Gangster – Hantu Gangster (2012); performed by Namewee (Wee Meng Chee), Ashtaka, Reshmonu, 5 Forty 2; Lyrics by: Namewee, Ashtaka; Composed by: Namewee, 5 Forty 2, Fred Chong
Best Script: Ryon Lee – Nasi Lemak 2.0 (2011)
Best Cinematography: Yong Choon Lin – Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010)
Best Editing: Victor Wai Tuck – Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010)
Best Sound Effects: Tu Duu Chih – Kepong Gangster (2012)
Best Original Score: Teng Bee, Stanley Fam – Kepong Gangster (2012)
Best Art Design: Too Wen Huel – Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010)
Best Image Design: ENW Styling Team – Petaling Street Warriors (2011)
The Best Local Non-Chinese Film: Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (2011)
Most Popular Local Chinese Film: The Wedding Diary (2011)
Most Popular Singaporean Film: We Not Naughty (2012)
Pioneer / Lifetime Achievement Award: Datuk Lai Meng, Hon Ying
If you can have ‘Most Popular Singaporean Film’, why not create an award for ‘Most Popular Hong Kong / Taiwan / China Film’ too? Hmm… ‘Ice Kacang Puppy Love’ which was Malaysian-born actor Aniu’s directorial debut, won five awards, hence becoming the biggest winner of the awards presentation. I had watched this film, and I find it not interesting nor appealing and actually quite boring too. But if I am to judge it on Malaysian standard, there you go, quite a good film indeed. I’m not looking down on our local production, but I’m just being straightforward and that much more needed to be done to improve.
(A screenshot of movie ‘Ice Kacang Puppy Love’, the biggest winner of 1st Golden Wau Awards)
I didn’t put in the nomination list together because you will see the same films being nominated again and again in almost every categories. The reason is that we don’t have a lot of films. Hence, once you did a film, it will eventually gets nominated to fill in the blank. And I think it’s not that serious this time as movies released few years back were also added into the competition. I had a bit of worry for next year’s awards. We hardly had 5 Chinese-language films released per year. And some of them were even done in collaboration with neighbouring Singapore, and hence, not authentically Malaysian.
(Information source: http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Entertainment/Movies/News/2013/10/16/First-Chinese-movie-awards-Malaysia.aspx. Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)