courtesy of takungpao.com
The 23rd Annual Tokyo International Film Festival yesterday held its award and closing ceremony. The Best Actor and Best Actress prizes went to Chinese actors Wang Qianyuan and Fan Bingbing. Taiwan actors Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) and Wilson Chen Bo-Lin's BUDDHA MOUNTAIN won Best Artistic Contribution award.
The Best Actress award went to BUDDHA MOUNTAIN's Fan Bingbing. When director Li Yu accepted the award on behalf of Fan Bingbing she said, before coming to Tokyo she asked Fan Bingbing who could not visit Japan "what to do if you win?" Fan Bingbing said she probably would not, all 15 films in competition were great films. Best Actor went to THE PIANO IN A FACTORY's Wang Qianyuan, who received from the award from Judy Ongg. Wang Qianyuan felt very honored to receive the award from his childhood idol Judy Ongg. He said, the award to him was like a child who got a lollipop. Today's award was a lollipop for adults; he even said that
this was his first film, first film festival and first time on stage, it was also his first award. He felt he was very lucky.
The Li Yu directed BUDDHA MOUNTAIN received the Best Artistic Contribution Award. She said that the award was truly very surprising and very toughing. She had to thank this film's actors Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga), Fan Bingbing, Chen Bo-Lin and others. In particular she
had to thank producer Fang Li, without his persistence for the film this film would not be possible.