UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES Wins Best Film at the 5th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong

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A total of 14 awards were presented at the glamorous event 

with South Korea leading in wins 

(Hong Kong, 21 March 2011) UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, the Thailand masterful work by Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL was awarded Best Film at the 5th Asian Film Awards (AFA), held on 21 March 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The film also won the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and was the first Asian film to win the award since 1997.

The film tells the story of the last days in the life of an old man in northern Thailand. Painterly beautiful and meditative, Uncle Boonmee is a masterful work on the eternal themes of death and memory.

A total of 14 awards and three special awards were presented at the glamorous ceremony attended by a dazzling ensemble of celebrities, international guests, and prominent figures in film industry including “The Promotion of Asian Cinema” – Fortissimo Films award received by company Chairman, Michael J. WERNER, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Raymond CHOW, The Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema KIM Dong-ho, The Asian Film Award for 2010’s Top-Grossing Film – AFTERSHOCK director FENG Xiaogang, also including Joan CHEN, Barney CHENG, CHOI Se-yeon, CHOW Yun-fat, Anthony CHUE, Jung-woo HA, HUANG Xiaomin, Peter KAM Pui- tat, Archie KAO, Alice KE, KIM Tae-hun, Aaron KWOK, Peter LAM, Carina LAU, LEE Chang-dong, LEE Sinje, Byron MANN, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKASHIMA Tetsuya, NAM Na-young, PARK Jung-ryul, Lisa S., SAITO Kazuyoshi, Jack SO, WAI Ying-hung, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Harvey WEINSTEIN, Michael J. WERNER, Arthur WONG, Jonathan WONG, Wilfred WONG, XU Fan, Sally YEH, YODA Tatsumi, YOUN Yuh-jung, ZHANG Ziyi and Director YONFAN, the Jury President. 

The winners of the 5th AFA are:




  • LEE Chang-dong / POETRY (South Korea)


  • HA Jung-woo / THE YELLOW SEA (South Korea)


  • XU Fan / AFTERSHOCK (Mainland China / Hong Kong)


  • Mark CHAO You-Ting / MONGA (Taiwan)


  • Sammo HUNG Kam-po / IP MAN 2 (Hong Kong)


  • YOON Yeo-jeong / THE HOUSEMAID (South Korea)


  • LEE Chang-dong / POETRY (South Korea)


  • Mark LEE Ping-Bin / NORWEGIAN WOOD (Japan)


  • HAYASHIDA Yuji / 13 ASSASSINS (Japan)


  • Indian Ocean / PEEPLI LIVE (India)


  • NAM Na-young I SAW THE DEVIL (South Korea)


  • Phil JONES, JIANG Yan-ming / AFTERSHOCK (Mainland China/ Hong Kong)


  • William CHANG Suk-ping / LET THE BULLETS FLY (Mainland China / Hong Kong)


The recipients of the special awards of the 5Th AFA are:

The Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema

  • KIM Dong-ho

The Asian Film Award for Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Raymond CHOW

“The Promotion of Asian Cinema” award

  • Fortissimo Films


The Asian Film Award for 2010’s Top-Grossing Film



Our sponsor, Moët & Chandon, has pledged to generously donate HK$10,000 for each Award category and each of the four special Awards distributed to support the Japan Disaster Relief, with a total of HK$180,000.

 The 5th Asian Film Awards on ATV and Fox International Channels:

Date Time TV Channel
27 March 2011 10:30pm ATV HD
1 April 2011 (Fri) 9:00pm Star Chinese Movie – Singapore/Philippines
1 April 2011 (Fri) 10:00pm Star Chinese Movie – North America
2 April 2011 (Sat) 9:00pm Star Chinese Movie – HK
2 April 2011 (Sat) 11:40pm Star World
3 April 2011 (Sun) 11:00pm Channel V
9 April 2011 (Sat) 9:00pm Xing Kong China


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Asian Film Awards (AFA)

Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards (AFA) is an international pioneering programme, honouring filmmakers with outstanding achievements in the field of Asian cinema.  Eminent filmmakers and superstars from around the world are invited to bestow awards upon winners of each category, making the ceremony an elaborate extravaganza. A jury panel, comprising of international professionals and prominent members in the community of world cinema, will select the award winners among eligible films produced in the region in that year.  Over the years, prominent guests, stars and filmmakers who attended the AFA include: Oliver STONE, William HURT, Arthur COHN, Barrie OSBORNE, Harvey WEINSTEIN, Luc BESSON, Jet LI, John WOO, Rain, Andy LAU, Joan CHEN, Tony LEUNG, Michelle YEOH, SHU Qi, Josephine SIAO, HOU Hsiao-Hsien, Brilliante MENDOZA, SONG Kang-ho, JEON Do-yeon, NAKATANI Miki, KWAI Lun-Mei, Priyanka CHOPRA and many more.  The crowning awards presentation ceremony promises an evening of glitz and glamour that befits the honouring of the highest achievements in Asian cinema.

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Uniting the World through Film

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong.Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society organizes three annual marquee events in March and April: The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asian Film Awards (AFA). Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspired films all year round.


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The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding cinema.

Screening 290 titles from nearly 50 countries in 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000 including 5,000 business executives who attend the Hong Kong Film and Television Market (FILMART), a concurrent event of the HKIFF.

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The 35th HKIFF will be held from March 20 to April 5, 2011.

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Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognized as the most important film-financing platform in Asia. HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attended by more than 1,000 filmmakers andfinanciers from at least 35 countries and regions, around25 projects are selected annually to participate in thethree-day event. 

Past participants have included Chinese mainland’s Jia Jiang-Ke, Jiang Wen, Li Yang and Ning Hao, Hong Kong’s Stanley Kwan, Ann Hui, Gordon Chan, Pang Ho-Cheung, Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-Liang, Japan’s SABU, Nakata Hideo, Otani Kentaro, Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Miike Takashi and Yukisada Isao, Korea’s Kim Jee-woon, Park Chan-wook, E J-Yong and IM Sang- Soo as well as Thailand’s Yongyoot Tjonhkongtoon, Nonzee Nimibutr and Pen-ek Ratanaruang. The 9th HAF will be held from 21st to 23rd March, 2011. 

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