The 30th Hong Kong Film Award will take place tonight at the Cultural Center. Seen as the final award of the year, Best Picture nominees include GALLANTS (DAI LUI TOI), DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (DIK YUN KIT ji TUNG TIN DAI GOK), IP MAN 2, STOOL PIGEON (SIN YUN) and REIGN OF ASSASSINS (GIM YU). Before the battle they have already become the hot topic!
This year's Hong Kong Film Award Best Picture nominees have one thing in common, they are all full of martial art fighting elements and prove that in recent years the film market focuses more on martial art action subjects. The most special part is the directors of five Best Picture nominees are also nominated for Best Director, proving that every film is an exciting. Out of the five films, the Tsui Hark directed film DETECTIVE has the best chance. The film received 13 nominations, the most this year. It is the favorite for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.
However changes may still take place. The John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) produced, Su Chao-Bin directed REIGN has 11 nominations, second only to DETECTIVE. Under producer Ng Yu Sum, the director achieved a wuxia film romantic beauty and its chance increased. The Raymond Wong Pak Ming, Li Xiaoran and An Xiaofen produced IP MAN 2 last year broke 200 million in the Mainland with a better story and pace than the first film. In addition IP MAN in 2009 already won Best Picture so it had a chance to win again.
Another commercial and critical hit STOOL had the frequently awarded in recent years director Dante Lam Chiu Yin and Nick Cheung Ka Fai. Earlier STOOL won many awards in the Mainland as shots of confidence for the Hong Kong Film Award Best Picture. As for the Lam Ka Tung produced GALLANTS, although its cast and production budget were lacking in comparison to its competition, its word of mouth far exceeded expectation. It was a rare work of sincerity in recent years. Earlier at the 17th Hong Kong Film Critic Society Award it won Best Picture.