SCMP Friday, March 9, 2001

Tiger grabs lion's share of HKFA nominations


Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will go head to head with Wong Kar-wai's In The Mood For Love at the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) on April 29.
Crouching Tiger, which has already won two Golden Globe awards and has 10 Academy Award nods, picked up 16 HKFA nominations yesterday. They included two in the best actress category for Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng and Zhang Ziyi. Chow Yun-fat is nominated for best actor.
Other nominations were for best film, best director, best screenplay (Wang Huiling, James Schamus, Tsai Kuojung), best supporting actor (Chang Chen), best supporting actress (Cheng Pei-pei), best cinematography (Peter Pau), best action choreography (Yuen Wo-ping), best film editing (Tim Squyres), best art direction (Tim Yip), best costume/make-up design (Tim Yip), best sound design (Eugene Gearty), best original film score (Tan Dun) and best original song (Tan Dun).
In The Mood For Love, which was shut out of the Oscars, won 12 HKFA nominations, including three for William Chang Suk-ping in film editing, art direction and costume/make-up design. Other nominations were for best film, best director, best screenplay (Wong Kar-wai), best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), best actress (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk), best supporting actress (Rebecca Pan), best new performer (Siu Bing-lam), best cinematography (Chris Doyle/Mark Lee Ping-bing) and best original film score (Michael Galasso). Andy Lau Tak-wah is also in the running to repeat his 2000 win, this time for his role as a Thai kickboxer in the Christmas box-office hit A Fighter's Blues.
Lau will face tough competition from Leung and Chow as well as Tony Leung Kar-fai and Francis Ng Chun-yu. Leung Kar-fai's portrayal of a triad boss on the run from assassins in the stylised Jiang Hu - The Triad Zone is highly regarded and Ng has already bagged the Hong Kong Film Critics' Society best actor award for a small role in 2000AD. His nomination at the HKFA is for the romantic Juliet In Love.
Surprisingly, his Juliet In Love co-star Sandra Ng Kwun-yu was overlooked in the best actress category despite favourable reviews. Instead, the other nominations went to singer Sammi Cheng Sau-man for the romantic comedy Needing You - last year's local box-office champion - and newcomer Qin Hailu (also nominated for best new performance) for Fruit Chan's Durian Durian.
Durian Durian - a spin-off from Little Cheung, which looks at the plight of ''northern damsels'' (mainland women) who come to Hong Kong on three-month visit passes to work as prostitutes - also garnered nominations for best film, best director and best screenplay (Fruit Chan). The Hong Kong Film Awards presentations will be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on April 29 and will be produced by Hong Kong-Hollywood director Peter Chan Ho-sun (Comrades, Almost A Love Story).