'Cold War' takes home top Hong Kong Film Awards
From right, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka Fai, Aaron Kwok, director Longman Leung and Sunny Luk Kim Ching, pose with their awards for Best Film, Best director and Best Actor in the movie 'Cold War ' at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
HONG KONG (AP) — "Cold War" got a red-hot reception at the Hong Kong Film Awards, winning best film and eight other trophies.
The cop thriller starring Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka Fai won nine trophies out of its 12 nominations. Detective film "The Bullet Vanishes" also had 12 nominations but went home empty-handed Saturday night.
Leung won his fourth best actor trophy. On stage, he thanked everyone who worked on "Cold War" and said he would thank his wife later in his "own way."
On the red carpet before the ceremony, wife Carina Lau had said Leung was her pick for best actor. "I'm here, so I'm his lucky star. I'm going to put my money on him for selfish reasons," she said.
Hong Kong actress Miriam Yeung, left, and actor Tony Leung Ka Fai poses after winning the Best Actress award and Best Actor award at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Backstage, Leung said he wanted to share the award with "Cold War" producer Bill Kong, who "single-handedly made the film possible.
"He talked to every cast member, and he was on the set every day. He took a leap of faith with the two new directors," Leung said. "There would be no 'Cold War' without Bill."
Among the film's other awards, first-time directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk won best director and best screenplay, and Alex Tsui was named best new performer.
Although Kwok wasn't nominated for his "Cold War" performance, he said backstage he couldn't be more proud of his cast mates and the crew and he can't wait to work on the sequel.