Park Chan-wook’s noirish romance “Decision to Live” is in the running at the Asian Film Awards, collecting ten nominations, including Best Film and Best Director.
Hamaguchi Raisuke’s “Drive My Car,” another awards season favorite that also debuted at Cannes, albeit a year earlier, received eight nominations.
Acclaimed mainland Chinese director Zhang Yimou of “One Second,” “Hero” and “Raise the Red Lantern” will head a seven-person jury that will sift through the nominated films and decide the winners.
A total of 30 films from 22 countries or regions received 81 nominations in 16 categories, organizers said.
The final awards will be presented at a ceremony moved to Hong Kong, after being held in Busan for two years and scrapped altogether in 2022. The event will take place the evening before the film on March 12 at the new Hong Kong Palace Museum. And TV rights market Filmart returns privately for the first time since 2019.
The five contenders for best picture are “Decision to Live,” “Drive My Car,” “Poet,” “Ponyin Selvan: 1” and “When the Waves Are Gone.”
Competing for best director are Park, “Poet” director Darejan Omirbaev, Davy Chou (for “Return to Seoul”) and two Japanese Hamaguchi and Kore-eda Hirokazu for “Broker.”
“Decision to Live” received ten nominations including Best Screenplay (Chung Seo-kyung & Park), Best Actor (Park Hae-il), Best Actress (Tang Wei), Best Cinematography (Kim Ji-young), Best Editing (Kim Sang-beom), Best Original Music (Cho Yong-wook), Best Production Design (Ryu Seong-hee), and Best Sound (Kim Suk-won).
AFA is now in their 16th edition. They have been directing since 2007 and are jointly supported by the Busan, Tokyo and Hong Kong Film Festivals.
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