Veteran Hong Kong director Tsui Hark’s murder mystery “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” was the biggest winner at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday. The Tang-dynasty drama featuring famous Chinese detective Di Renjie scooped six awards, including best director, best actress, best art direction, best sound design, best visual effects and best costume and make-up design. “The whole team has worked really hard and put in a lot of effort to make this a spectacular production,” Tsui said after receiving the award. “This award is to be shared with everyone involved.” The movie-maker’s latest hit was nominated for the top Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival last year.
DETECTIVE DEE (2010) international trailer (English)
Carina Lau, crowned best actress for her role as the powerful Chinese empress Wu Zetian in Tsui’s drama, said: “After being nominated so many times and not winning, I didn’t think it would really happen to me.” She beat fellow contenders Miriam Yeung, Fiona Sit, Tang Wei, and Josie Ho, daughter of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho. “Gallants”, a rollicking homage to Hong Kong kung fu movies in the 1970s, was the dark horse of the night and the second biggest winner, scooping awards for best film, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best original film score.
Long-time actor-director-singer Teddy Robin bagged the honours for best supporting actor for his role in the comedy. “Over the past 30 years, I’ve had a lot of nominations, but not wins. This time round, it’s finally my turn,” he told reporters. “This is an affirmation that I am a good actor too,” he added. Veteran actress Susan Shaw snatched the title of best supporting actress. Best actor went to singer-cum-actor Nicholas Tse for his role in the gritty action-packed cop drama “The Stool Pigeon”, beating early favourite and veteran actor Chow Yun-fat as the great Chinese thinker Confucius.
The Stool Pigeon Original Trailer