Triad movie Trivisa was the big winner at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards on April 9, receiving five awards at the ceremony held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
The film, an anthology of stories about three real-life Hong Kong gangsters, beat the likes of The Mermaid and Cold War 2 to win Best Film, while its directors – newcomers Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong – collectively won the Best Director award.
Trivisa’s other awards were for Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Gordon Lam who plays one of the three mobsters.
“It really doesn’t matter how old you are or what your attractiveness is when you act. What’s the most important is to act with passion,” said Lam in his acceptance speech.
Another big winner on the night was the low-budget drama Mad World, which stars Eric Tsang as a father caring for his adult son (Shawn Yue), who suffers from bipolar disorder. The movie won three awards – director Wong Chun was named Best New Director, while Tsang and co-star Elaine Jin Yan-ling were awarded Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Kara Wai won Best Actress for her role as an ex-singer with a cognitive disorder in Happiness; while Tony Wu Tsz Tung won Best New Performer for his role in Weeds On Fire, an inspirational sports flick about the Shatin Martins, the first baseball team from Hong Kong to win a league.
Tung Wai won the Best Action Choreography award for his work on war movie Operation Mekong, beating veteran Sammo Hung, who was nominated twice in the category.
Godspeed, a Taiwanese road trip comedy starring Michael Hui and Nadow, won in the Best Film From China And Taiwan category.
Here’s a selected list of winners:
Best Film: Trivisa
Best Director: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong (Trivisa)
Best Actor: Gordon Lam (Trivisa)
Best Actress: Kara Hui (Happiness )
Best Supporting Actor: Eric Tsang (Mad World)
Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Jin (Mad World)
Best New Performer: Tony Wu Tsz Tung (Weeds On Fire)
Best Screenplay: Trivisa
Best Action Choreography: Tung Wai (Operation Mekong)
Best Visual Effects: The Monkey King 2
Best Film From China And Taiwan: Godspeed