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Martial Arts Comedy Wins at Hong Kong Film Festival
Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 8:32 am
by IDMA Editor

Hong Kong's 30th annual film festival gave its top honor Sunday to a comic action fantasy about an old martial arts master who wakes up from a decades-long coma.

"Gallants," a low-budget film that makes a humorous homage to Hong Kong kung-fu movies of the 1970s, won the award for best film. It also won for best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best original film score.

The murder mystery "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame," by renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, scooped up six awards -- more than any other movie this year. It is based on a novel of the same name by Lin Qianyu.

Carina Lau won the best actress award for her portrayal of the powerful Chinese empress Wu Zetian. The best actor award went to pop singer Nicholas Tse for his role in the action drama "The Stool Pigeon."

Photo of Carina Lau - photo credit Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

Filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung won the award for best screenplay for a romantic film "Love In a Puff" about fellow smokers who fall in love. Oscar-winning director of photography Peter Pau won the award for best cinematography for his work in "Confucius," about the life of the Chinese philosopher.

The Hong Kong Film Awards, established in 1982, are the Hong Kong equivalent of the awards given by the American and British film academies. Award ceremonies are held every year, usually in April. Winners receive a statuette in the shape of a woman wrapped in a roll of film.

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