Bond Girl Honored, ‘Mystery’ Wins best Film at Asian Gala

Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye’s “Mystery” won best picture at last night’s 7th Asian Film Awards, while Japan’s Kitano Takeshi clinched best director for “Outrage Beyond.”

“Mystery,” which examines sexual and social tensions among China’s middle class, also received the best newcomer award which went to Qi Xi and best screenwriter was won by Mei Feng, Yu Fan and Lou Ye.

The Philippines took home two awards, with Eddie Garcia winning best actor for playing a 75-year-old gay man in “Bwakaw” and Nora Aunor for best actress as a infertile midwife in “Thy Womb,” the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society said in a press release.

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, who has played everything from a James Bond girl to Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, was honored with the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award at the ceremony in Hong Kong.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui from India won best supporting actor for “Talaash: The Answer Lies Within,” and Watanabe Makiko from Japan took the best supporting actress award for “Capturing Dad.”

(Frederik Balfour is a reporter-at-large for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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