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

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“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 Awards

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 format combining an on-site presence in Busan and online participation.

In 2020, the 14th Asian Film Awards moved to Busan for the first time and was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. In previous years, the ceremony was held 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 Adilkhan Yerzhanov from Kazakhstan (for “Yellow Cat”).

But it was another film by Zhang Yimou, “Cliff Walkers”, which was nominated neither in the best film nor in the best director category, which was nevertheless the most nominated picture. It garnered six nominations, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

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

The world’s highest-grossing film of 2020, “The Eight Hundred,” garnered only two nominations, both in technical categories.

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

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