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13th Asian Film Awards – Nominees 2019

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We present the list of nominees for the 13th Asian Film Awards that will take place on March 17th, 2019 in Hong Kong’s TVB City.

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), together with the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival, created the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), a nonprofit organization, in 2013 to promote and develop Asian cinema and its talents. Organized by the AFA Academy, the Asian Film Awards (AFA) will celebrate its 13th anniversary this year. The Awards Ceremony will take place on March 17th, 2019 in Hong Kong’s TVB City.

This year the Jury President will be the renowned actress-director Joan Chen. She will lead a seven-member jury that consists of respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics from all over the world. Chen said: “When I act as a jury member, I look for films that can move me, inspire me and break existing barriers. Regardless of its country of origin and genre, a film that excites me is a film that I will support.”

This year the Celebrity Juror will be Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Watanabe Ken. On the other hand Johnny Huang and Fish Liew will be this year’s Youth Ambassadors.

Josie Lin, Executive Director of AFAA said: “There’s been a growing popularity for restored prints of classic films. Last year, the new restored version of Farewell My Concubine was immensely successful in Taiwan, filling cinemas for weeks. A new generation of young audiences was once again introduced to Chen Kaige’s brilliant direction and Leslie Cheung’s magnificent performance. The trend coincides with our Young Film Professionals Overseas Training Program. Through these efforts we hope to strengthen the ties between film talents, audiences and the region’s industries.”

Wilfred Wong, Chairman of AFAA and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society added: “AFAA is pleased to bring together outstanding Asian filmmakers here in Hong Kong in our annual celebration of excellence in Asian cinema. AFA13 sees its toughest competition in years as last year’s finest films mainly hail from Asian countries. I’d like to congratulate AFA13 on putting together an incredible jury that includes the iconic Joan Chen and Watanabe Ken. We look forward to another celebration of Asian cinema and I wish AFAA’s continued success of providing platforms for new faces and up-and-coming artists in 2019.”

This year Burning by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea) lead the awards with 8 nominations (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Newcomer, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Sound). In second place we have three films with 6 nominations each, Jinpa by Pema Tseden (China), Sanju by Rajkumar Hirani (India), Shoplifters by Koreeda Hirokazu (Japan).

Nomination List:
Best Film
Burning by Lee Chang-dong – South Korea
Dying to Survive by Muye Wen – China
Jinpa by Pema Tseden – China
Sanju by Rajkumar Hirani – India
Shoplifters by Koreeda Hirokazu – Japan

Best Director
Lee Chang-dong for Burning – South Korea
Pema Tseden for Jinpa – China
Rajkumar Hirani for Sanju – India
Koreeda Hirokazu for Shoplifters – Japan
Fruit Chan for Three Husbands – Hong Kong

Best New Director
Yeo Siew Hua for A Land Imagined – Singapore, France, Netherlands
Rima Das for Bulbul Can Sing – India
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng for Manta Ray – Thailand, France, China
Ueda Shinichiro for One Cut of the Dead – Japan
Oliver Chan Siu Kuen for Still Human – Hong Kong
Bai Xue for The Crossing – China

Best Actress
Zhao Tao for Ash is Purest White – China
Samal Yeslyamova for Ayka – Russia, Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan, China
Han Ji-min for Miss Baek – South Korea
Ando Sakura for Shoplifters – Japan
Chloe Maayan for Three Husbands – Hong Kong

Best Actor
Yoo Ah-in for Burning – South Korea
Xu Zheng for Dying to Survive – China
Aaron Kwok for Project Gutenberg – Hong Kong, China
Ranbir Kapoor for Sanju – India
Yakusho Koji for The Blood of Wolves – Japan

Best Supporting Actress
Jin Seo-yeon for Believer – South Korea
Ding Ning for Cities of Last Things – Taiwan
Xu Qing for Hidden Man – China, Hong Kong
Matsuoka Mayu for Shoplifters – Japan
Kara Wai for Tracey – Hong Kong

Best Supporting Actor
Zhang Yu for Dying to Survive – China
Kwon Hae-hyo for Hotel by the River – South Korea
Tsukamoto Shinya for Killing – Japan
Vicky Kaushal for Sanju – India
River Huang for Tracey – Hong Kong

Best Newcomer
Karata Erika for Asako I & II – Japan
Jung Jong-seo for Burning – South Korea
Xie Zhang Ying for Cities of Last Things – Taiwan
Johnny Huang for Operation Red Sea – China, Hong Kong
Huang Yao for The Crossing – China
Chan Charm Man for Three Husbands – Hong Kong

Best Screenplay
Jia Zhangke for Ash is Purest White – China
Lee Chang-dong and Oh Jung-mi for Burning – South Korea
Wen Muye, Zhong Wei, Han Jianu for Dying to Survive – China
Feliz Chong for Project Gutenberg – Hong Kong, China
Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi for Sanju – India

Best Editing
Tsukamato Shinya for Killing – Japan
Choi Chi Hung and Lam Chi Hang for Operation Red Sea – China, Hong Kong
Curran Pang for Project Gutenberg – Hong Kong, China
Zhou Xiaolin for Shadow – China
Kim Jae-bum and Kim Sang-bum for The Spy Gone North – South Korea

Best Cinematography
Hong Kyung-pyo for Burning – South Korea
Lu Songye for Jinpa – China
Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit for Manta Ray – Thailand, France, China
Zhao Xiading for Shadow – China
Pankaj Kumar for Tumbbad – India

Best Original Music
Dalparan from Believer – South Korea
Lim Giong and Point Hsu from Jinpa – China
A.R. Rahman, Atul Raninga, Sanjay Wandrekar from Sanju – India
Lao Zai from Shadow – China
Hosono Haruomi from Shoplifters – Japan

Best Costume Design
Dong Zhongmin and Uma Wang for Hidden Man – China, Hong Kong
Man Lim Chung for Project Gutenberg – Hong Kong, China
Sawataishi Kazuhiro for Punk Samurai Slash Down – Japan
Chen Minzheng for Shadow – China
Chae Kyung-Kwa for The Spy Gone North – South Korea

Best Production Design
Shin Jeom-hui for Burning – South Korea
Liu Qing for Hidden Man – China
Horace Ma for Shadow – China
Mitsumatsu Keiko for Shoplifters – Japan
Rakesh Yadav, Nitin Zihani Choudhary for Tumbbad – India

Best Visual Effects
Srinivas Mohan for 2.0 – India
Wang Shaoshuai, Yang Yuejuan for Hidden Man – China, Hong Kong
Lee In-ho, Kang Tae-gyun for Operation Red Sea – China, Hong Kong
Alex Lim Hung Fung for Project Gutenberg – China, Hong Kong
Onoue Katsuro for Punk Samurai Slash Down – Japan

Best Sound
Resul Pookutty for 2.0 – India
Lee Seung-chul for Burning – South Korea
Kitada Masaya for Killing – Japan
Nopawat Likitwong, Sarunyu Nurnsai for Operation Red Sea – China, Hong Kong
Yang Jiang, Zhao Nan for Shadow – China

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