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'Cold War,' 'The Bullet Vanishes' Lead Hong Kong Film Awards Noms

Clarence Tsui
February 5, 2013
'Cold War' Sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards
'Cold War' Sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards

HONG KONG – Cold War and The Bullet Vanishes will go into the Hong Kong Film Awards on April 13 as front-runners, with the two films competing head-on in most of the acting and directing categories.

 As announced on Tuesday, both films are shortlisted for the best film award, with Cold War’s first-time co-helmers Sunny Luk and Longman Leung also competing for the directing and screenwriting prizes with Bullet’s Lo Chi-leung. The former film’s Tony Leung Ka-fai will try to keep the latter’s Lau Ching-wan from repeating his best actor win from last year, which recognized his performance in Johnnie To’s Life Without Principle.

Meanwhile, Zhou Xun is a double-nominee in the best actress category for her performances in The Great Magician and The Silent War -- which could prove to be good news for the distributors of Cloud Atlas, in which the 38-year-old has a supporting role. The film is on release in Hong Kong and mainland China, where it has beaten Skyfall in box-office earnings every day since its release there on Jan. 31.

Cold War was the highest-grossing local production in Hong Kong in 2012 and the fifth-highest-grossing Chinese-language production in mainland China, taking $39.6 million during its November-December run. The Bullet Vanishes, meanwhile, just missed making the mainland’s year-end top 10, but still took $29.2 million.

Zhang Zhao, CEO of the film’s investors Le Vision Pictures, tweeted right after the nominations announcement: “Sorry, but we will have to make a sequel.”

The award ceremony takes place on April 13.

Nominations for major categories at the Hong Kong Film Awards:

Best Picture:

The Bullet Vanishes

Cold War


The Viral Factor



Best Director:

Soi Cheang Po-soi (Motorway)

Dante Lam Chiu-yin (The Viral Factor)

Lo Chi-leung (The Bullet Vanishes)

Sunny Luk and Longman Leung (Cold War)

Pang Ho-cheung (Love in the Buff)


Best Actor:

Nick Cheung Ka-fai (Nightfall)

Lau Ching-wan (The Bullet Vanishes)

Tony Leung Chiu-wai (The Silent War)

Tony Leung Ka-fai (Cold War)

Chapman To Man-chat (Vulgaria)


Best Actress:

Sammi Cheng Sau-man (Romancing in Thin Air)

Elanne Kong Yeuk-lam (Lifting Love)

Zhou Xun (The Great Magician)

Zhou Xun (The Silent War)

Miriam Yeung Chin-wah (Love in the Buffi)


Best Supporting Actor:

Ronald Cheng Chung-kei (Vulgaria)

Lam Ka-tung (Cold War)

Liu Kai-chi (The Bullet Vanishes)

Alex Man Chi-leung (The Bounty)

Chapman To Man-chat (Diva)


Best Supporting Actress:

Dada Chan (Vulgaria)

Mavis Fan Hsiao-hsuan (The Silent War)

Jiang Yiyan (The Bullet Vanishes)

Elaine Jin (The Viral Factor)

Susan Shaw Yin-yin (Vulgaria)