The Grandmaster slays at Hong Kong Film Awards with 12 wins

Filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai’s martial arts epic The Grandmaster dominated the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday (13Apr14) after winning 12 honours. The movie was named Best Film and earned Zhang Ziyi the Best Actress title, while Best Supporting Actor went to her co-star Zhang Jin.
Wong walked away as Best Director, 20 years after his last win in the same category for 1994’s Chungking Express.
During his acceptance speech, Wong, who also claimed the same prize for 1990’s Days of Being Wild, said, “I remember it was 1994 when I was last here. It was a short walk from the podium to the stage, but it took me 20 years to come back to this spot.”
The Grandmaster also landed accolades for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Film Score and Best Action Choreography, among others.
Meanwhile, Nick Cheung won the Best Actor award for his role in mixed martial arts drama Unbeatable, Kara Wai scored Best Supporting Actress for Rigor Mortis and Best New Director went to Adam Wong for The Way We Dance.
Director Cheung Yam-Yim was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Grandmaster’s big wins at the Hong Kong Film Awards follows similar success at the Asia Film Awards and the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild Awards last month (Mar14).