Third time’s the charm

Louis Koo and Teresa Mo fi­nally win act­ing ac­co­lades af­ter third at­tempt at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

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OUR Time Will Come, Ann Hui’s wartime drama, won Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sun­day night, and Hui was hon­oured as Best Di­rec­tor for the sixth time.

The movie, about the lit­tle­known re­sis­tance move­ment of left­ist gueril­las in Hong Kong dur­ing the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, col­lected five prizes in to­tal, in­clud­ing Best Art Di­rec­tion, Best Score and a third Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress award for Deanie Ip.

And Sun­day proved third time lucky for Louis Koo and Teresa Mo, who fi­nally won Best Ac­tor and Best Ac­tress in their third at­tempts, said Ming Pao Daily News.

Koo’s win, for his por­trayal of a po­lice ne­go­tia­tor look­ing for his miss­ing daugh­ter in Thai­land in Para­dox, was ex­pected. So was Mo’s, for her por­trayal of a house­wife tak­ing care of an autis­tic son in To­mor­row Is An­other Day.

On stage, Koo clenched his fists, sighed, and pro­duced a note from his pocket, said Ming Pao.

He said he had been re­flect­ing on “how Hong Kong peo­ple are to make Hong Kong movies”, es­pe­cially when vet­eran di­rec­tor, writer and ac­tor Chor Yuen was hon­oured with a life­time achieve­ment award ear­lier in the evening.

He re­mem­bered Chor giv­ing him a piece of ad­vice on the set of a TVB show: “Re­mem­ber to never give up on any scene, and any line of di­a­logue. Go over it once and again and yet again be­cause you can’t give up mak­ing a good movie.”

Thank­ing his fam­ily, Koo, 47, also said: “I’m a full-grown adult who still lives with my fam­ily. Ev­ery morn­ing my mother wakes me up. I can’t not live with my fam­ily be­cause a per­son needs his fam­ily’s sup­port, just as Hong Kong cinema needs every­one’s sup­port to do bet­ter.”

Mo said she did not pre­pare a speech be­cause she was afraid she would be dis­ap­pointed again. She thanked her bosses; “every­one who voted for me”; close friends in­clud­ing ac­tresses Ada Choi, Candice Yu and Margie Tsang; her two daugh­ters; and her hus­band, di­rec­tor Tony Au.

Mo, 58, said of Au, 64: “He helped me a lot with this movie and gave me a lot of opin­ions. I know you’re not sat­is­fied, but I want to tell you, ‘I got it,’ and I prom­ise to do bet­ter in fu­ture.”

Hui, sur­prised to win Best Di­rec­tor again, said: “I don’t want to be nom­i­nated again, my heart can’t bear it.”

The 70-year-old thanked her cast and crew, “es­pe­cially guest ac­tor Ray Lui, for sup­port­ing me in my wish to film Hong Kong his­tory”.

Be­sides Our Time Will Come, Wil­son Yip’s ac­tion thriller Para­dox and Sylvia Chang’s gen­er­a­tional drama Love Ed­u­ca­tion had come to the cer­e­mony as strong con­tenders.

In ad­di­tion to Best Ac­tor, Para­dox won Best Ac­tion Chore­og­ra­phy for Sammo Hung and Best Sound De­sign. Love Ed­u­ca­tion won Best Screen­play for Chang.

The crime drama Chas­ing The Dragon went home with cin­e­matog­ra­phy and edit­ing awards.

Philip Ke­ung was named Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor for the bomb dis­posal thriller Shock Wave. The­atre ac­tor Ling Man Lung won Best New Per­former for his role as the autis­tic son in To­mor­row Is An­other Day and the­atre ac­tress Kearen Pang, Best New Di­rec­tor for an adap­ta­tion of her one-woman play 29+1. – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

— Reuters

Koo (left) and Mo are all smiles af­ter win­ning the Best Ac­tor and Best Ac­tress awards re­spec­tively at the Hong Kong Film Awards.


Ip won Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress for her role in Our Time Will Come.

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