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The 18th Hong Kong Film Critic Society Award took place yesterday at the Film Archive. Deanie Ip Tak Han and Lau Ching Wan won the Best Actor and Actress, Jiang Wen also received the Best Director Award and Best Picture went to the Ann Hui On Wa directed A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH); Best Screenplay went to LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (DUET MING GUM)'s Au Kin Yi, Wong King Fai and Milky Way Creative Team. Also seven recommended films were presented, including OVERHEARD 2 (SIT TING FUNG WON 2), DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART (DAN SUN NAM NUI), LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE, LET THE BULLETS FLY, WHITE VENGEANCE (HUNG MOON YIN), FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE (LUNG MOON FEI GAP) and BIG BLUE LAKE (DAI LAN WU).
Ching Wan, Sister Deanie, Jiang Wen, Hui On Wa were present to accept the awards. Ching Wan won with LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE. He thanked the Film Critic Society. He was particularly happy that he was able to win for the first time with a Johnnie To Kei Fung directed film. He also had to thank Lo Hoi Peng for his suggestions about the character; Jiang Wen joked that the film obviously was good due to the actors performance, but it still won the Director award. However he was still very happy because usually when he was the actor the director won, when he directed the actors won. This time was an exception (directed and starred). Jiang Wen continued, "This time I came to Hong Kong for three days, I have been on the stage three times and won three awards. Hong Kong truly is paying respect to me. I hope to be able to stay a little longer, in a year I may be able to win over 300 awards!"
After the ceremony, Ching Wan expressed that he was very happy because he won an award for the first time with a To Kei Fung film. In the past he blamed himself for not performing good enough. Ching Wan continued, "I was really sorry, I thank Ah To for always giving me good characters. This time I can answer to him, finally I have grown into an adult!" As for the later Hong Kong Film Award, Ching Wan said that the
two awards were different. In his experience, after winning the Film Critic Society Award three times he has lost at the other one three times. yet now he was very happy to have one.
Sister Deanie for the fourth time with A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH) won Best Actress. Was she confident about winning six? Deanie pretended her head itch and said, "The chances are even." Sister Deanie said that she would still give this award to Andy Lau Tak Wa, as she joked that he had plenty of space for awards. Has she picked out what to wear yet? Sister Deanie said that she was more casual, if she had to dress up she truly had difficulty. Thus every time Wa Jai's company arranged what she wore. Would she like to win Best Actress with Wa Jai as the Best Actor? Sister Deanie said, "Of course!" As for meeting Jiang Wen for the first time, Sister Deanie praised him as a good actor and a good director. If in the future they will have a chance to work together she will welcome it very much, but she will not take the initiative and ask because she felt actors were more passive.