Japan won three awards at the Asian Film Awards on Monday night, in Hong Kong. The actor and director Takeshi Kitano won the best director award for his yakuza gangster film “Outrage Beyond” that presents the story of the crime families vying for power. However, the Japanese director did not attend the ceremony.
Japan also won best supporting actress award. Makiko Watanabe received the prize for her role in “Capturing Dad”, a contemporary black comedy about a mother who send her two daughters, Hazuki and Koharu, to visit their dying father whom she divorced long time ago. She wants them to take a picture of him and bring it back.
The third award won by Japan was for best editor, with Mototaka Kusakabe receiving the prize for “The Kirishima Thing”, a story of two high school students who crosses social boundaries between the elite and lower class at their school.
China won the best picture, the best screenwriter and the best newcomer awards for “Mistery”, a drama that touches sensitive topics such as police corruption and sexual and social tensions among China’s middle class.
The social satire, directed by Lou Ye, disturbed the Chinese censors, as the movie presents controversial issues including the behaviour of the country’s new rich. The censors asked Lou to change the violent end of the movie. However, it is not the first time when the Chinese director faces the censors’ decision. He was banned from film-making for five years for showing politically charged love story “Summer Palace” at the Cannes Film Festival without government approval in 2006, the international press reports.
The best actor and best actress awards were both won by the Philippines. Actor Eddie Garcia was awarded for a role as a lonely gay man who is in his 70s in the comedy-drama “Bwakaw”, while Nora Aunor was named best actress for “Thy Womb”, where she portrays the struggles of an infertile wife.
The Asian Film Awards, organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival, have been held annually since 2007, aimed at showcasing the region’s movie talent.