Full nomination list for the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards


Let’s take a break from the awards season at the West and switch a little attention back to one of the major Chinese film awards honouring the best of Chinese films in 2015. At the end of last year, we observed the Taiwan’s 52nd Golden Horse Awards. I didn’t have much interest on that particular Golden Horse Awards last year because I didn’t watch many of the nominated films especially that majority of them are from Taiwan or China productions.

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Now, here comes the nomination list for the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards which I am more familiar with since there are more Hong Kong films nominated in this one (obviously) and I do watched at least 10 Hong Kong films released last year. It is another prestigious annual awards for Chinese films with quite a long history. The nomination list is here below alongside with my thoughts on some categories that I’m particularly more interested in. Only had my opinions in few categories since I also didn’t watch many of the nominated films too:

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(Film posters for three of the many nominated films in 35th Hong Kong Film Awards. From above to below: Port of Call (received the most nominations), Ip Man 3 (my personal pick for the best last year) and Little Big Master).

BEST FILM
TEN YEARS
LITTLE BIG MASTER
THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN
IP MAN 3
PORT OF CALL

Opinion: My personal choice would be ‘Ip Man 3’. This martial-art movie is being highly received not only in Chinese-speaking region but also from US and other countries in the West too. It is really a good movie. Outstanding. Usually, sequel won’t do good but ‘Ip Man 3’ is totally an exception. ‘Port of Call’ would be a dark horse since it received the most nominations but I didn’t watch this movie. ‘Little Big Master’ is also a nice and a touching movie but I don’t think a low production movie would win best film. My prediction would be ‘Port of Call’ but my personal favourite is ‘Ip Man 3’.

BEST DIRECTOR
Adrian Kwan Shun Fai (LITLTE BIG MASTER)
Derek Yee Tung Sing (I AM SOMEBODY)
Tsui Hark (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Wilson Yip Wai Shun (IP MAN 3)
Philip Yung Tsz Kwong (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: I have a feeling that if ‘Ip Man 3’ won for best film, then this best director would be for ‘Port of Call’. Or otherwise. I’m happy if Wilson Yip is taking this one too for his excellent direction in ‘Ip Man 3’. Another strong contender in this category is Tsui Hark.

BEST SCREENPLAY
Adrian Kwan Shu Fai, Hannah Chang (LITTLE BIG MASTER)
Derek Ye Tung Sing (I AM SOMEBODY)
Saville Chan, Adam Wong (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Lau Ho Leung (TWO THUMBS UP)
Philip Yung Tsz Kwong (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: I have only watched ‘Little Big Master’ out of all the five nominated films. So, I’m biased for it. It does had a great screenplay. I’m very moved with its story.

BEST ACTOR
Andy Lau Tak Wah (LOST AND LOVE)
Nick Cheung Ka Fai (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Tony Leung Ka Fai (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Jacky Cheung (HEAVEN IN THE DARK)
Aaron Kwok (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: Didn’t watch all five of the performances above. Out of these five, two of them have not win the best actor prize before; Aaron Kwok and Jacky Cheung. Hence, they are more deserving and are long overdue as well. Both are also two of the four Heavenly Kings in Cantopop music (Andy Lau is also here, making it to three but Andy Lau had won this prize several times before). Aaron had been nominated in this category few more times than Jacky Cheung, and so I would prefer him to win it finally for this year. Aaron Kwok had also been nominated in the recent Golden Horse Award for the same performance but he lost (he had won Golden Horse for best actor in the past anyway). Hence, his chance is very high for him to win this time among all the nominees. 

BEST ACTRESS
Tang Wei (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Miriam Yeung (LITTLE BIG MASTER)
Sylvia Chang (OFFICE)
Karena Lam (HEAVEN IN THE DARK)
Jessie Li (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: Out of the five performances above, I have only watched Miriam Yeung in ‘Little Big Master’ and she is quite good in that movie that requires a lot of passion and emotional scenes. She had won before for this best actress prize and so she now is only being regarded as a dark horse for now. My pick would be Karena Lam. She had won recently in the Golden Horse Awards for best actress and I think she may continue her winning streak here too despite her nominated work is different. Sylvia Chang is also another strong contender since she had also been nominated in the Golden Horse Awards for the same role and she is very great veteran actress. Jessie Li also stand a chance since she had won Best Actress in Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for this role. However, she had much higher chance and even a lock to win in ‘Best New Performer’ category. She has to leave this one for the other four nominees who are more senior.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andrew Lam (FULL STRIKE)
Louis Cheung (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Max Zhang Jin (SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES)
Max Zhang Jin (IP MAN 3)
Michael Ning (PORT OF CALL)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Qin Hailu (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Anna Ng (LITTLE BIG MASTER)
Janice Man (HELIOS)
Lee Sinjie (MURMUR OF THE HEARTS)
Elaine Jin (PORT OF CALL)

BEST NEW PERFORMER
J. Arie (GET OUTTA HERE)
Sisley Choi (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Cecilia So (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Michael Ning (PORT OF CALL)
Jessie Li (PORT OF CALL)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Wang Yu (A TALE OF THREE CIITES)
Pakie Chan (TO THE FORE)
Choi Sung Fai (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Tse Chung To (IP MAN 3)
Christopher Doyle (PORT OF CALL)

BEST FILM EDITING
Chan Ki Hop, Poon Hung Yiu, Pang Ching Hei (TO THE FORE)
David Richardson (SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES)
Yu Bai Yang (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Cheung Ka Fai (IP MAN 3)
Liao Ching Sung, Wong Hoi, Philip Yung Tsz Kwong, Chu Ka Yat (PORT OF CALL)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Tim Yip, James Cheung (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Horace Ma Kwong Wing (THE CROSSING II)
Yohei Taneda, Lee Kin Wai (MONSTER HUNT)
Yi Zhen Zhou (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
William Chang Suk Ping, Yau Wai Ming (OFFICE)

BEST COSTUME AND MAKE UP DESIGN
Tim Yip, William Fung (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Chen Tongxun (THE CROSSING II)
Yee Chung Man (MONSTER HUNT)
Kwon Yoojin (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
William Chang Suk Ping, Lui Fung Shan (OFFICE)

BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY
Jackie Chan, JC Sunt Team (DRAGON BLADE)
Chin Ka Lok (HELIOS)
Li CHung Chi (SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES)
Yuen Bun (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Yuen Wo Ping (IP MAN 3)

Opinion: My pick is definitely ‘Ip Man 3’. Despite being already the third installment in the ‘Ip Man’ film franchise, this third movie still delivered on its wonderfully choreographed and creative action sequences and fight scenes. Brilliant. Absolutely terrific to the point that I’m almost 100% sure it win will this.

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
Taro Iwashiro (THE CROSSING II)
Day Tai (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Wu Wai Lap (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Dayu Lo, Chan Fai Young (OFFICE)
Ding Ke (PORT OF CALL)

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SONG
VORTEX (THE CROSSING II)
Composer: Dayu Lo
Lyric: Lin Xi
Performer: Dayu Lo

FOR WONG KA YAN (WONG KA YAN)
Composer: Benny Lau
Lyric: Chan Wing Him
Performer: Wong You Nam

MURMUR OF THE HEARTS (MURMUR OF THE HEARTS)
Composer: Chen Chien-Chen
Lyric: Huang Ting, Chen Chien-Chen
Performer: Rene Liu

WE ALMOST FLY (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Composer: Day Tai
Lyric: Saville Chan
Performer: Feanna Wong

DARKNESS OF THE SEA (PORT OF CALL)
Composer: Ding Ke
Lyric: Ding Ke
Performer: Ding Ke

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Him (MONSTER HUNT)
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Him (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
David Richardson, Tu Duu-Shih, Wu Shu Yao (OFFICE)
Kinson Tsang, Yiu Chun Him (IP MAN 3)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Enoch Chan, Felix Lai Tsz Fai (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Jason Snell, Ellen Poon, Tang Bingbing (MONSTER HUNT)
Wook Kim (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Ken Law Wai Ho, Tommy Hellowing (OFFICE)
Raymond Leung Wai Man, Yee Kwok Leung, Garrett K Lam (IP MAN 3)

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Nick Cheung Ka Fai (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Raman Hui (MONSTER HUNT)
Lau Ho Leung (TWO THUMBS UP)

Opinion: I think the members of Hong Kong Film Association are liking Nick Cheung very much and seeing him taking on directing job is something new and big. His directorial debut also appeared to be fruitful eventhough I didn’t watch ‘Keeper of Darkness’. Hence, my pick would be for Nick Cheung who had also won twice the Best Actor prize in this film awards.

BEST FILM FROM MAINLAND AND TAIWAN
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
OUR TIMES
THE ASSASSIN
WOLF TOTEM
BLIND MASSAGE

Opinion: I’m sure ‘The Assassin’ will take this one. It won the most in the recent Golden Horse Awards, had also won the Best Director prize for Hou Hsiao-Hsien in Cannes Film Festival, and was even selected as Taiwanese entry for Best Foreign Language Film in submission for the Academy Awards. Eventhough the movie didn’t get nominated in the end, but it looks to be the best Chinese movie in 2015. I’m 100% sure it will win this.

The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards will be held on 3rd April 2016.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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