The 15th Annual 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 the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), at Paradise Hotel Busan. The awards are organized by the Tokyo, Busan and Hong Kong International Film Festivals.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony took place in a hybrid format, with some 80 nominees gracing the event with their presence both online and on site. Korean stars including Excellence in Asian Cinema Award winner LEE Byung-hun dazzled audiences on the red carpet, accompanied by world-renowned Korean director Lee chang-dong, president of the AFA15 jury, and Japanese filmmaker HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke. The biggest winner of the evening was KUROSAWA Kiyoshi’s war drama, Wife of a Spy, which received the Best Picture Award, the Best Actress Award (AOI Yu) and the Best Costume Design Award. (KOKETSU Haruki). From Japan, MAKITA Aju also won the award for Best Supporting Actress with her compelling performance in True Mothers, and Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train was honored as the highest grossing Asian film in 2020. ZHANG Yimou won Best Director’s Award with One Second (China).
Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrate excellence in Asian cinema through the annual awards ceremony for the talents and films that make up Asia’s dynamic film industries. The awards night is a spectacular gathering of stars, celebrities, industry and media professionals to highlight and publicize the achievements of the year in Asian films. AFA originates from Hong Kong, but takes place in different Asian venues such as Busan and Macau, to reflect its reach in the region. This year, we are celebrating our 15th edition.