Young talents shine at HK Film Awards

From left: Elaine Jin with Eric Tsang, who won the Best Supporting Actress and Actor awards for their roles in Mad World, and Wong Chun who won the Best New Director award for the movie, which is one of Hong Kong's hottest new films. It revolves arou
From left: Elaine Jin with Eric Tsang, who won the Best Supporting Actress and Actor awards for their roles in Mad World, and Wong Chun who won the Best New Director award for the movie, which is one of Hong Kong's hottest new films. It revolves around the reintegration into society of a patient with bipolar disorder and his emotional reconciliation with his long-absent father.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Small-budget Mad World wins 3 awards, including Best New Director for Wong Chun

HONG KONG • Fresh faces and industry veterans clinched a number of prizes at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards last night.

Emerging filmmaker Wong Chun won the Best New Director award for his movie Mad World.

The movie, which had a small HK$2 million (S$361,500) budget, won three awards out of 19, reported Sunday Morning Post.

"I want to thank all... who watched the movie. Some people said Hong Kong audiences wouldn't like this type of movie, but the box office results and responses we got so far proved otherwise," Wong said.

Taiwan-born actress Elaine Jin Yan-ling won her fourth Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the movie, a prize she has been nominated for 10 times.

  • WINNERS

  • BEST FILM: Trivisa

    BEST DIRECTOR: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong (Trivisa)

    BEST SCREENPLAY: 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 CINEMATOGRAPHY: See You Tomorrow

It took her only one day to complete her scene in Mad World due to the tight budget.

Veteran star Eric Tsang won the Best Supporting Actor for the second time. He performed for free in Mad World, one of Hong Kong's hottest new films.

The movie revolves around the reintegration into society of a patient with bipolar disorder (played by actor Shawn Yue) and his emotional reconciliation with his long-absent truck driver father (played by Eric Tsang). At a deeper level, it examines Hong Kong's social issues ranging from the plight of those living in tiny subdivided flats in Hong Kong to the intense pressure faced by investment bankers.

"Thank you to the director for such a good movie," said Tsang.

His son Derek Tsang was nominated for Best Director award for his film Soul Mate. The movie was nominated for a total of 12 prizes including the Best Film.

The best director awards wen to Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong for their movie Trivisa, a movie which alludes to Hong Kong's waning glory after the 1997 handover. They are in their 30s.

Earlier yesterday, Mr Derek Yee, the chairman of the Hong Kong Film Awards Association, said there was no risk of a repeat of the Oscars blunder, when the best film award was given by mistake to presenters. "It won't happen tonight," Mr Yee said. "We have never allowed backstage staff to take selfies," he added jokingly.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2017, with the headline 'Young talents shine at HK Film Awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe