‘Evil Does Not Exist’ Wins Finest Movie

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist was awarded the Finest Movie award on the Asian Movie Awards (AFAs) this night in Hong Kong. Scroll down for the total checklist of winners. 

That is the second 12 months working {that a} movie helmed by Hamaguchi has picked up the award. He received the highest prize final 12 months with Drive My Automotive. This 12 months, nonetheless, the director was not in attendance to just accept the award resulting from what he described as “work commitments” in a video message performed on the prime of the ceremony.

Evil Does Not Exist, which additionally picked up an award for unique music, debuted on the 2023 Venice Movie Pageant. The movie follows Takumi and his daughter Hana, who reside in Mizubiki Village near Tokyo. Like generations earlier than them, they reside a modest life based on the cycles and order of nature. A plan to assemble a glamping website close to Takumi’s home, providing metropolis residents a snug “escape” to nature, threatens to hazard the ecological stability of the world and the native individuals’s lifestyle.

One other Japanese filmmaker, Hirokazu Kore-eda, took finest director for his final characteristic Monster. That is the third time Kore-eda has taken residence the awards physique’s prime directing honor. The Hamaguchi-Kore-eda main double is the same reproduction of final 12 months’s honors and additional cements Japan’s dominance on the AFAs.

Finest actress went to Chinese language actress Jiang Qinqin for her function in Dwelling by the West Lake, whereas Japanese actor Yakusho Koji took finest actor for his main function in Wim Wender’s Tokyo-set drama Excellent Days

Elsewhere, veteran Chinese language filmmaker Zhang Yimou will obtain each the Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2023 Highest-Grossing Asian Movie Award for his final characteristic Full River Crimson

The noms on the eve had been led by Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s newest characteristic, Evil Does Not Exist, and the interval motion pic 12.12: The Day, from Korea, which each had six nods, together with Finest Movie and Finest Director. The awards had been held on the Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong. Now in its seventeenth 12 months, the Asian Movie Awards have beforehand been held in Korea and Macau.

Full winners checklist:

Finest Movie

Finest Director

  • Kore-eda Hirokazu — Monster

Finest Actor

  • Yakusho Koji — Excellent Days

Finest Actress

  • Jiang Qinqin — Dwelling by the West Lake

Finest Supporting Actor

  • Park Hoon — 12.12: The Day

Finest Supporting Actress

  • Rachel Leung — In Broad Daylight

Finest New Director

  • Nick Cheuk — Time Nonetheless Turns the Pages

Finest Newcomer

  • Tergel Daring-Erdene — Metropolis of Wind

Finest Screenplay

  • Pema Tseden — Snow Leopard

Finest Modifying

  • Kim Sang-bum — 12.12: The Day

Finest Cinematography

  • Matthias Delvaux — Snow Leopard

Finest Unique Music

  • Ishibashi Eiko — Evil Does Not Exist

Finest Costume Design

  • Man Lim Chung — The Goldfinger

Finest Manufacturing Design

  • Eric Lam — The Goldfinger

Finest Visible Results

  • Yamazaki Takashi — Godzilla Minus One

Finest Sound

  • Inoue Natsuko — Godzilla Minus One

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