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Blockbuster Action-Comedy Beats International Hit: Hong Kong Film Awards

Stephen Chow’s action-comedy blockbuster Kung Fu Hustle won six Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture. A Best Actress nominee, Yuen Qiu ultimately lost out to Zhang Ziyi for 2046. (Pictured: Yuen Qiu in Kung Fu Hustle.)
  • Stephen Chow’s action-comedy blockbuster Kung Fu Hustle has been named the Hong Kong Film Awards’ Best Film.
  • Strangely, the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards went instead to Derek Yee’s crime thriller One Nite in Mongkok.
  • Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai were named Best Actress and Best Actor for Wong Kar-Wai’s international hit 2046.

‘Curious’ Hong Kong Film Awards: Stephen Chow’s blockbuster action-comedy Kung Fu Hustle named Best Picture

Stephen Chow’s blockbuster action-comedy Kung Fu Hustle was the Best Film winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, held on March 27.

Set in 1930s Shanghai, Kung Fu Hustle follows a couple of petty crooks (Best Actor nominee Chow and sidekick Lam Chi-chung) eager to join a fearsome local gang.

In addition to its Best Film win, Kung Fu Hustle topped five other categories: Best Supporting Actor (Yuen Wah), Editing (Angie Lam), Action Choreography (Yuen Woo Ping), Visual Effects, and Sound Design.

One Nite in Mongkok is best written & best directed (but not best) film

Curiously, Chow was bypassed for Best Director and, along with collaborators Tsang Kan Cheong, Lola Huo, and Chan Man Keung, for Best Screenplay. Derek Yee was the winner in both categories for the Kowloon-set crime thriller One Nite in Mongkok, starring Hong Kong Film Award nominees Daniel Wu and Cecilia Cheung.

In other words, One Nite in Mongkok was the best directed and best written Hong Kong production of 2004. But the best Hong Kong release was Kung Fu Hustle.

Tying with Chow’s action-comedy, Wong Kar-Wai’s atmospheric romantic drama and Golden Horse disappointment 2046 also bagged six trophies: Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi), Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction, and Costume Design.

See below this year’s Hong Kong Film Award winners and a partial list of nominees.

Hong Kong Film Awards: Action-comedy Kung Fu Hustle named Best Film

Film
2046.
Breaking News.
* Kung Fu Hustle.
One Nite in Mongkok.
New Police Story.

Asian Film
House of Flying Daggers (China), dir.: Zhang Yimou.
A World Without Thieves (China), dir.: Feng Xiaogang.
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Japan), dir.: Takeshi Kitano.
* Oldboy (South Korea), dir.: Park Chan-wook.
Quill: The Life of a Dog (Japan), dir.: Yoichi Sai.

Director
Wong Kar-Wai, 2046.
Johnnie To, Breaking News.
Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle.
* Derek Yee, One Nite in Mongkok.
Chan Muk Shing, New Police Story.

Actress
* Zhang Ziyi, 2046.
Sylvia Chang, 20:30:40.
Yuen Qiu, Kung Fu Hustle.
Cecilia Cheung, One Nite in Mongkok.
Kar Yan Lam, Koma.

Actor
* Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, 2046.
Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle.
Alex Fong Chung Shun, One Nite in Mongkok.
Daniel Wu, One Nite in Mongkok.
Jackie Chan, New Police Story.

Supporting Actress
Yang Qi, 20:30:40.
Maggie Siu, Breaking News.
Candy Lo, Six Strong Guys.
Wu Yin Nei, Yesterday Once More.
* Bai Ling, Dumplings.

Supporting Actor
* Yuen Wah, Kung Fu Hustle.
Danny Chan Kwok Kwan, Kung Fu Hustle.
Jim Sui Man, Driving Miss Wealthy.
Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Dumplings.
Daniel Wu, New Police Story.

Screenplay
Wong Kar-Wai, 2046.
Chan Ka Sheung & Chung Kai Cheung, Breaking News.
Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan Cheong, Lola Huo & Chan Man Keung, Kung Fu Hustle.
* Derek Yee, One Nite in Mongkok.
Lee Bik Wah, Dumplings.

New Director
Wong Jan Jan, Six Strong Guys.
* Wong Ching Po, Jiang Hu.
Yuen Kin To, McDull: Prince de la Bun.

Cinematography
* Christopher Doyle, Lai Kai Fai & Kwan Bun Leung, 2046.
Poon Kai Ming, Leaving Me Loving You.
Poon Hang Seng, Kung Fu Hustle.
Keung Kwok Man, One Nite in Mongkok.
Christopher Doyle, Dumplings.

Editing
Cheung Suk Ping, 2046.
Yau Chi wai, New Police Story.
David Richardson, Breaking News.
* Angie Lam, Kung Fu Hustle.
Cheung Kar Fai, One Nite in Mongkok.

Original Score
* Peer Raben & Mui Lam Mau, 2046.
Mark Lui, Leaving Me Loving You.
Raymond Wong, Kung Fu Hustle.
Kam Pui Tat, One Nite in Mongkok.
Surender Sodhi, Color Blossoms.

Newcomer
Jaycee Fang, The Twins Effect II.
Eva Huang Sheng Yi, Kung Fu Hustle.
Race Wong Yuen Ling, Ab-normal Beauty.
Cheung Siu Wai, Color Blossoms.
* Tian Yuan, Butterfly.

Art Direction: Cheung Suk Ping (a.k.a. William Chang) & Yau Wai Ming, 2046.

Costume Design: Cheung Suk Ping, 2046.

Action Choreography: Yuen Woo Ping, Kung Fu Hustle.

Original Song: “This Way, This Way” – Brian Tse & The Pancakes, McDull: Prince de la Bun.

Visual Effects: Kung Fu Hustle.

Sound Design: Kung Fu Hustle.


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“Blockbuster Action-Comedy Beats International Hit: Hong Kong Film Awards” last updated in January 2021.

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