The 15th Asian Film Awards Announce Winners in 18 Categories

Published : Sunday, October 10, 2021, 11:07 am
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The 15th Asian Film Awards, which was hosted tonight by the Asian Film Awards Academy in conjunction with the 26th Busan International Film Festival and the Asian Contents & Film Market, announced its winners in 18 categories.

At the 15th Asian Film Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Paradise Hotel Busan on the evening of October 8 (Fri) during the 26th Busan International Film Festival, 80 nominees graced the event with their presence both online and on-site. The ceremony was hosted by actress Kim Gyuri and YouTuber Genius Seungkug Lee, while Korean stars Lee Byung-hun, Yoo Ah-in, JUN Jong-seo, Park Jeong-min, Jang Yoon-ju, Kim Hyun-bin and Gong Seung-yeon dazzled the audience on the red carpet, joined by world-renowned directors Lee Chang-dong and Hamaguchi Ryusuke.

The biggest winner of the night was Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Wife of a Spy (Japan), which received the Best Film Award, the Best Actress Award (Aoi Yu) and the Best Costume Design Award (Koketsu Haruki). The Best Director Award went to Zhang Yimou, who directed One Second (Mainland China). Meanwhile, the rising star actress Liu Haocun was awarded with the Best Newcomer Award for her role in One Second.

Korean actors had a strong presence, winning in various categories. Yoo Ah-in, who has engrossed the audience with gestures and facial expressions without dialogue in Voice of Silence (Korea), won the Best Actor Award, while Kim Hyun-bin won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as a deaf schoolboy in The Silent Forest (Taiwan).

Director Hong Eui-jeong added the Best New Director Award from the Asian Film Awards to the list of awards she received with her debut feature film Voice of Silence (Korea), which received the Best Director Award at the Blue Dragon Awards 2021 and the Best Film Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2021. Teen actress Makita Aju won the Best Supporting Actress Award with her compelling performance in True Mothers (Japan). Chaitanya Tamhane won the Best Screenplay Award for The Disciple (India) and Masoud Amini Tirani won the Best Cinematography Award with The Wasteland (Iran). Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (Japan) was announced as the Highest-Grossing Asian Film of 2020.

The AFA15 Ceremony, which was held in a hybrid form that combines online and on-site events in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, presented a new paradigm of awards ceremony by gathering thousands of viewers on YouTube and Naver.

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