15th Asian Film Awards – Winners 2021

We present the winners of the 15th Asian Film Awards which took place today October 8th, 2021 in Busan, Korea. The Awards was held in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival.

Best Film

Wife of a Spy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa – Japan | 2020 – 115 minutes

A Japanese merchant who leaves his wife behind in order to travel to Manchuria, where he witnesses an act of barbarism. His subsequent actions cause misunderstanding, jealousy and legal problems for his wife.


Best Director

Yimou Zhang for One Second – China | 2020 – 104 minutes

A movie fan in a remote farmland strikes a relationship with a homeless female vagabond. (IMDb)


Best Actress

Aoi Yu for Wife of a Spy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – Japan | 2020 – 115 minutes

Best Actor

Yoo Ah-in for Voice of Silence (dir. Hong Eui-jeong) – South Korea | 2020 – 99 minutes

Two men work for a criminal organization to clean up the aftermath messes. One day, they receive an unexpected order (IMDb).


Best Supporting Actor

Kim Hyun-bin for The Silent Forest (dir. Chen-Nien Ko) – Taiwan | 2020 – 108 minutes

A hearing-impaired boy transfers to a school for children with special needs. But his excitement about blending into a new environment immediately turns into fear when he witnesses the reality happening in the school (IMDb).


Best Supporting Actress

Makita Aju for True Mothers (dir. Naomi Kawase) – Japan | 2020 – 140 minutes

A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child’s birth mother (IMDb).


Best New Director

Hong Eui-jeong for Voice of Silence – South Korea | 2020 – 99 minutes

Best Newcomer

Liu Haocun for One Second (dir. Yimou Zhang) – China | 2020 – 104 minutes

Best Screenplay

Chaitanya Tamhane for The Disciple – India | 2020 – 129 minutes

Self-doubt, sacrifice and struggle converge into an existential crisis for a devoted classical vocalist as the mastery he strives for remains elusive (IMDb).


Best Editing

LI Yongyi for Cliff Walkers (dir. Yimou Zhang) – China | 2021 – 120 minutes

In the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, four Communist party special agents, afterreturning to China, embark on a secret mission. Sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides (IMDb).


Best Cinemtography

Masoud Amini Tirani for The Wasteland (dir. Ahmad Bahrami) – Iran | 2020 – 102 minutes

Lotfollah is a brick factory supervisor, acting as go-between for the workers and the boss. The boss wants to talk to the them about the shutdown of the factory. All matters now to Lotfollah is to keep Sarvar, the woman he loves, unharmed (IMDb).


Best Original Music

Day Tai for The Way We Keep Dancing (dir. Adam Wong) – Hong Kong | 2020 – 129 minutes

The Kowloon Industrial District is home to many of Hong Kong artists, including rapper Heyo, YouTuber Ah Leung, rising star Hana and Dave the dancer. However, the government is preparing the area for gentrification. The group from The Way We Dance are invited to participate in a publicity stunt to transform the district into a “Dance Street”. Meanwhile, Heyo’s master Afuc is planning a revolution.. (IMDb)


Best Costume Design

Koketsu Haruki for Wife of a Spy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – Japan | 2020 – 115 minutes

Best Production Design

Kenneth Mak for Limbo (dir. Soi Cheang) – Hong Kong | 2021 – 118 minutes

Rookie policeman Will Ren and his partner, the veteran cop Cham Lau, are pursuing an obsessive and especially brutal murderer of women (IMDb).


Best Visual Effects

Tim Crosbie, Joy Wu for The Eight Hundred (dir. Hu Guan) – China | 2020 – 149 minutes

From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army (IMDb).


Best Sound

Nopawat Likitwong for Limbo (dir. Soi Cheang) – Hong Kong | 2021 – 118 minutes

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