11th Asian Film Awards

Three nods for I Am Not Madame Bovary

HONG KONG • The Chinese film I Am Not Madame Bovary took home three awards at the 11th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Tuesday, winning Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Fan Bingbing.

Fan, who glammed down to play a peasant woman on a years-long mission to get back at a runaway husband and expose their fake divorce, said it is her favourite role to date.

"Even though playing the role was challenging, I had an unforgettable experience," she told reporters.

She thanked her director, Feng Xiaogang, who turned 59 last Saturday, saying her award would be her birthday gift to him, reported Ming Pao Daily News.

A round of applause, please, for Fan Bingbing. Winner of the Best Actress prize for her role in I Am Not Madame Bovary, she manages to look good in a jumpsuit made out of shiny, puffy blankets. PHOTOS: REUTERS

Japan's Tadanobu Asano won Best Actor for his role as a stranger who moves in with a family in the drama Harmonium.

South Korea's Na Hong Jin took Best Director for the horror film The Wailing and Hong Kong's Lam Suet won Best Supporting Actor for the crime thriller Trivisa.

The South Korean bodice-ripper The Handmaiden, which had led the competition with six nominations, took Best Supporting Actress for Moon So Ri and Best Newcomer for Kim Tae Ri.

Singapore's Fir Rahman received a Best Newcomer nomination for the prison movie Apprentice.

Cantopop star Sammi Cheng won an Excellence In Asian Cinema award.

Hong Kong director Tsui Hark received a lifetime achievement award, said Ming Pao.

He said "lifetime achievement" are huge words and he has a lot to improve on, since he is satisfied with few of his films.

How sweet of Karena Lam – she is serving up two pineapples as nibbles for the peckish parrots on her Gucci gown. PHOTOS: REUTERS

He gave a shout-out to actor Andy Lau, wishing him an early recovery from his filming accident.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2017, with the headline 'Three nods for I Am Not Madame Bovary'. Print Edition | Subscribe