that of Kiyoshi Kurosawa spy wife won the Best Picture award at the 15th Asian Film Awards (AFA), held at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) tonight (October 8).
Japanese wartime romance, which won a Silver Lion in Venice last year, also won awards for Best Actress (Aoi Yu) and Costume Design (Koketsu Haruki).
Zhang Yimou was named best director for his drama Cultural Revolution A second, which recently opened the San Sebastian Film Festival. Yimou’s other nominated feature, the spy thriller Cliff walkers, won the editing category (Li Yongyi).
Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong (Burning) was chairman of this year’s AFA jury and present at the ceremony, which was held at the Paradise Hotel in Busan with in-person and online participation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The AFA is managed by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), jointly created in 2013 by the international film festivals of Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo. This is the second year that Busan has hosted the awards, which have already been held in Hong Kong and Macau.
Complete list of winners:
Zhang Yimou – A second
Yoo Ah-in – Voice of silence
Aoi Yu – spy wife
Chaitanya Tamhane – The disciple
Li Yongyi – Cliff walkers
Better visual effects
Tim Crosbie, Joy Wu – The eight hundred
Masoud Amini Tirani – Land of waste
Best Original Music
Tai of the day – The way we keep dancing
Best Supporting Actress
Makita Aju – Real mothers
Better proof actor
Kim Hyun-bin – The silent forest
Better production design
Kenneth Mak – Limbo
Best costume design
Koketsu Haruki – spy wife
Nopawat Likitwong – Limbo
Best New Director
Hong Eui-jeong – Voice of silence
Liu Haocun – A second
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