Hong Kong heavyweights in running for film awards

Kung fu, cops and a little ancient palace intrigue are the focus once again for the film industry here as it readies itself for the annual Hong Kong Film Awards gala.

The 30th Hong Kong Film Awards ( http://www.hkfaa.com) will be announced in a lavish ceremony to be held at the city's Cultural Centre on April 17 and there are some familiar faces among the list of nominations.

Veteran director Tsui Hark's Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame - a whodunit set in the Tang Dynasty - is up for Best Film, alongside the kung fu thriller Reign of Assassins, staring one-time Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, as well as the second installment of the story of Bruce Lee's martial arts teacher, Ip Man 2, and the kung fu-based comedy Gallants.

Rounding out the Best Film field this year is the gritty cop drama Stool Pigeon, which also drew two Best Actor nominations for its stars, Nick Cheung Ka-fai and Nicholas Tse Ting-fung.

Speaking at a press conference held on Monday to announce the nominations, Cheung was playing the diplomat.

"I will be happy if any one of us wins," he said. "Me, Lam [director Dante Lam] or Nicholas."

The acclaimed Chow Yun-fat is also in the Best Actor picture for his turn as the great thinker in Confucius, while the rest of that field is made up of two other veterans in Tony Leung Ka-fai ( Bruce Lee, My Brother) and Jacky Cheung Sze-kit ( Crossing Hennessy).

Early favorite for the Best Actress award is China's Tang Wei for the light-hearted Crossing Hennessy; if she wins it would mark a comeback after she was reportedly banned from pursuing her profession for two year by mainland Chinese authorities after her steaming and controversial turn in director Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (2007).

The Hong Kong Film Awards are seen by the Chinese film industry as second only to Taiwan's Golden Horse awards in terms of prestige.

The major players ...

Best Film: Gallants; Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; Ip Man 2; Reign of Assassins; Stool Pigeon.
Best Director: Derek Kwok Tsz-kin and Clement Cheng Sze-kit ( Gallants); Tsui Hark ( Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame); Yip Wai-shun ( Ip Man 2); Su Chao-pin ( Reign of Assassins); Dante Lam Chiu-yin ( Stool Pigeon).
Best Actor: Chow Yun-fat ( Confucius); Jacky Cheung Hok-yau ( Crossing Hennessy); Tony Leung Ka-fai ( Bruce Lee, My Brother); Nick Cheung Ka-fai ( Stool Pigeon); Nicholas Tse Ting-fung ( Stool Pigeon).
Best Actress: Fiona Sit Hoi-kei ( Break Up Club); Tang Wei ( Crossing Hennessy); Miriam Yeung Chin-wah ( Love in a Puff); Carina Lau Ka-ling ( Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame); Josie Ho Chiu-yee ( Dream Home).

And the trailers ..

Gallants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxUSH55JVVE
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1LN656YUuU
Ip Man 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkHvX_XluS0
Reign of Assassins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i4yVbYX98I
The Stool Pigeon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DOL3EeOulU


30th Hong Kong Film Awards
April 17
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
http://www.hkfaa.com

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