<p>A veteran of East Asian cinema, Carina Lau cornered the girl-next-door market during the 1980s but later established herself as one of her Chinese homeland's greatest actresses thanks to a nu...
The film, about a kung fu master who agrees to train four students after waking from a coma, also landed co-stars Teddy Robin and Susan Shaw Best Supporting Actor and Actress honours.
Robin also picked up the Best Score prize for his work on the film's soundtrack.
Another big winner at Sunday's (17Apr11) film awards ceremony was Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's fantasy epic Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.
Hark claimed the Best Director prize, while his leading lady, Carina Lau, was named Best Actress.
The film also picked up awards for art direction, costume and make-up, sound design and visual effects.
Other big winners included Nicholas Tse, who took home the Best Actor honour for his portrayal of a police informant in The Stool Pigeon and Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau, who landed the Best Cinematography prize for his work on the biopic of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius.
Jackie Chan's longtime agent Willie Chan was also honoured for Professional Achievement. Chan and Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung, another famous client, were among the stars who paid tribute to the industry mogul.
The fifth annual ceremony took place in Hong Kong, but the Japanese devastation overshadowed the event, with many Asian stars, including nominated actors Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins), Rinko Kikuchi (Norwegian Wood) and Takako Matsu (Confessions), absent from the party.
Weinstein joined Hong Kong actress Carina Lau onstage to present the Best Actor prize, but took a moment to publicly greet Japanese actor Ken Watanabe and send his best wishes to the people of Japan.
Speaking directly into the camera, Weinstein said, "We hope you're safe and we hope things turn very well very quickly."
The tragic events in Japan also played on the minds of other celebrities at the awards show.
Filmmaker Feng Xiaogang, whose earthquake epic Aftershock landed honours for Best Visual Effects and Best Actress (Xu Fan), revealed bosses at two of the movie's key investors, Media Asia and Huayi Brothers, had pledged to donate $76,000 (£47,500) to the country's relief efforts.
Other winners at the Asian Film Awards included Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Best Picture), and South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, who claimed Best Director and Best Screenplay for Poetry.
Ha Jung-woo walked away as Best Actor for his work in The Yellow Sea, and retired producer Raymond Chow, the man behind the careers of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award, as previously reported by WENN.
Cast as wealthy heiress Sandy Ngai Chor Gwun in "Looking Back In Anger" (TVB, 1989)
Appears as Hon Sam's wife in two "Infernal Affairs" sequels
Receives critical acclaim for performance in "Days Of Being Wild"
Makes on-screen debut in "The Duke Of Mount Deer" (TVB, 1984)
Lands Best Actress nomination at Cannes for performance in "Bones"
<p>A veteran of East Asian cinema, Carina Lau cornered the girl-next-door market during the 1980s but later established herself as one of her Chinese homeland's greatest actresses thanks to a number of more challenging dramatic roles. Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu in 1965, Lau emigrated to Hong Kong aged fifteen where she gained entry into the actors training program at commercial channel TVB. After making her on-screen debut in "The Duke of Mount Deer" (TVB 1984), she played her future husband Tony Leung Chiu-Wai's half-sister in "Police Cadet" (TVB 1984) and appeared opposite action heroes Jackie Chan in "Project A Part II" (1987) and "Armour of God" (1987) and Chow Yun-fat in "Rich and Famous" (1987) and "Tragic Hero" (1987). Lau's career then skyrocketed following her appearance as wealthy heiress Sandy Ngai Chor Gwun in one of Hong Kong's most-watched ever series, "Looking Back In Anger" (TVB 1989), and she subsequently went onto receive the first of six Hong Kong Film Award nominations for her performance in "Her Beautiful Life Lies" (1989). During the filming of "Days Of Being Wild" (1991), one of her many collaborations with New Wave auteur Wong Kar-wai, Lau was kidnapped for several hours by four men working for a triad boss as punishment for refusing a particular film offer. Alongside her high-profile celebrity relationship, the ordeal transformed Lau into a permanent tabloid figure. But her impressive turn as vivacious cabaret dancer Leung Fung-ying in the aforementioned arthouse drama put the focus back onto her talents and after scene-stealing martial arts epic "Saviour Of The Soul" (1991), she continued to showcase her versatility with impressive performances as legendary Chinese actress Li Lili in Ruan Lingyu biopic "Center Stage" (1992), pop superstar Rose in cross-dressing comedy "He's A Woman, She's A Man" (1994) and call-girl Chung in offbeat romance "Gigolo and Whore" (1994). Following parts in the wuxia classic "Ashes Of Time" (1994) and James Bond pastiche "Forbidden City Cop" (1997), Lau once again attracted the attention of various awards juries with her measured portrayals of bisexual silk factory owner Wan in "Intimates" (1997) and prostitute Pearl in 19th Century epic "Flowers Of Shanghai." Appearances as Hon Sam's wife in the two "Infernal Affairs" sequels and an android in Wong Kar-wai's sci-fi-tinged "2046" (2004) saw Lau build further on her international profile. Lau then stepped in the shoes of Sarah Jessica Parker for the Hong Kong version of "Sex & The City" (HBO 1998-2004), "Sex & The Beauties" (2004) before winning rave reviews for her performances as unhappily-married Rose in the low-budget "Rashomon"-esque thriller "Curiosity Kills The Cat" (2006) and the Tang Dynasty Empress of China, Wu Zetian, in the blockbuster "Detective Dee & The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame" (2010). After receiving a Best Actress nod at Cannes for her turn as a rich housewife abandoned by her husband in slow-paced drama "Bends" (2013), Lau landed the lead role of Jia Ling in the big-screen adaptation of "Beijing Love Story" (2014).</p>
Lau released 3 albums of Mandopop between 1994-1996 in Taiwan
Lau was once the Executive President of Hong Kong's TVMART channel but was replaced by the board following a loss of 40 million Taiwan dollars.
Hong Kong-based weekly East Week was shut down in 2002 for ten months after it published naked photos of Lau taken during her kidnapping ordeal twelve years earlier.
Lau's wedding to Tony Leung Chiu-Wai reportedly cost HK$30m, created a media frenzy in Hong Kong and was directed by Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker Wong Kar-wai
"When I started off acting at TVB, it was more or less a job. My training early on was necessary, but was also on a very superficial level. What really changed me was when I met Wong Kar-wai, William Chang and other passionate and genius filmmakers." Lau quoted on South China Morning Post, Oct. 8, 2013.