Asian Film Awards nominations favor titles from China, Japan and Korea

“One Second” from China, “The Book of Fish” from South Korea, “The Disciple” from India and two Japanese films, “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” and “Wife of a Spy” will compete for the award for best film of this year at the Asian Film Award

The awards will again be held in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival. The ceremony, on October 8, 2021, will take place in a hybrid form combining on-site presence in Busan and online participation.

In 2020, the 14th Asian Film Awards moved to Busan for the first time and took place online due to COVID-19 restrictions. In previous years, the ceremony had taken place in Hong Kong and Macau.

Among the nominees for Best Director were Zhang Yimou (for “One Second”), Lee Joon-ik (for “The Book of Fish”), Hamaguchi Ryusuke (for “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”), Kurosawa Kiyoshi (for ” Wife of a spy “) and Kazakhstan’s Adilkhan Yerzhanov (for” Yellow Cat “).

But it was another film by Zhang Yimou, “Cliff Walkers”, which was not nominated for either the best film category or the best director category, which was nevertheless the most nominated film. He won six nominations, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Two films received five nominations each: “One Second” and “Wife of a Spy”. “Book of Fish”, another Korean film “Deliver Us From Evil” and “Limbo” from Hong Kong each won four nominations.

The world’s highest grossing film in 2020, “The Eight Hundred,” won just two nominations, both in the technical categories.

The winners will be chosen by a jury led by South Korean Lee Chang Dong, director of “Oasis”, “Secret Sunshine”, “Poetry” and “Burning”. The other members of the jury will be announced in the future.

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