█ Winners of the 15th Asian Film Awards Announced █
Wife of a Spy Wins Big. ZHANG Yimou’s One Second Wins Best Director
The 15th Asian Film Awards (AFA15) announced the winners in 18 categories tonight at a much anticipated ceremony hosted by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) in conjunction with Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM) at the Paradise Hotel Busan.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held in hybrid format with total 80 nominees attending on-site or participating online. Korean stars LEE Byung-hun, YOO Ah-in, JUN Jong-seo, PARK Jeong-min, JANG Yoon-ju, KIM Hyun-bin and GONG Seung-yeon dazzled the audience on the red carpet, joined by world-renowned Korean director LEE Chang-dong, Jury President of AFA15, and Japanese filmmaker HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke.
The biggest winner of the night was KUROSAWA Kiyoshi’s wartime period drama Wife of a Spy (Japan), which received the Best Film Award, the Best Actress Award (AOI Yu) and the Best Costume Design Award (KOKETSU Haruki). ZHANG Yimou won the Best Director Award with One Second (Mainland China), which also earned the Best Newcomer Award for the rising actress LIU Haocun. Korean actors had a strong presence. YOO Ah-in, who played the mute protagonist in Voice of Silence (Korea) won the Best Actor Award, while KIM Hyun-bin won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as a deaf schoolboy in The Silent Forest (Taiwan). Household name LEE Byung-hun received the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, which celebrated his stellar acting career spanning over 30 years.
Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of Asia. It originated in Hong Kong, but is held in different Asian locations such as Busan and Macao, to reflect its reach across the region. This year, we are celebrating our 15th edition.
Director HONG Eui-jeong continued to pile up awards with her debut feature film Voice of Silence (Korea) and won the Best New Director Award. Teen actress MAKITA Aju won the Best Supporting Actress Award with her compelling performance in True Mothers (Japan). Chaitanya TAMHANE won the Best Screenplay award for The Disciple (India) and Masoud AMINI TIRANI won the Best Cinematography award with The Wasteland (Iran). Demon Slayer –Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (Japan) was announced as the Highest-Grossing Asian Film of 2020.
The 15th ASIAN FILM AWARDS WINNERS LIST
Wife of a Spy
ZHANG Yimou (One Second)
YOO Ah-in (Voice of Silence)
AOI Yu (Wife of a Spy)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
KIM Hyun-bin (The Silent Forest)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MAKITA Aju (True Mothers)
BEST NEW DIRECTOR
HONG Eui-jeong (Voice of Silence)
LIU Haocun (One Second)
Chaitanya TAMHANE (The Disciple)
LI Yongyi (Cliff Walkers)
Masoud Amini Tirani (The Wasteland)
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
Day TAI (The Way We Keep Dancing)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
KOKETSU Haruki (Wife of a Spy)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Kenneth MAK (Limbo)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Tim CROSBIE, Joy WU (The Eight Hundred)
Nopawat LIKITWONG (Limbo)
EXCELLENCE IN ASIAN CINEMA AWARD
2020 HIGHEST-GROSSING ASIAN FILM
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train
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