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|Donnie Yen (IP MAN 3)|
|Feng Xiaogang (MR. SIX)|
|Lee Byung-Hun (INSIDE MAN)|
|Masatoshi Nagase (AN)|
|Karena Lam (ZINNIA FLOWER)|
|Haruka Ayase (OUR LITTLE SISTER)|
|Shu Qi (THE ASSASSIN)|
|Kim Hye-Soo (COIN LOCKER GIRL)|
|Zhao Tao (MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART)|
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|IP MAN 3 Best Actor nominee Donnie Yen|
|Asian Film Award jury members Johnnie To and Sean Lau|
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The 10th Asian Film Award will take place on March 17 in Macau. Yesterday a press conference was held to announce the nominations. Asian Film Award president Dr. Wong Ying Wai, jury president Johnnie To Kei Fung and celebrity judge Sean Lau Ching Wan were among the attendees. Candy Law Lam also attended as a sponsor. Among the nominations, the Hou Hsiao-Hsien directed film THE ASSASSIN received nine. The Best Actor and Best Actress categories will also have strong competition. IP MAN 3's Donnie Yen Chi Tan would represent Hong Kong against AN's Masatoshi Nagase, MR. SIX's Feng Xiaogang, INSIDE MAN's Lee Byung-Hun and HENERAL LUNA'S John Archilla. As for Best Actress, THE ASSASSIN's Shu Qi will compete against MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART's Zhao Tao, ZINNIA FLOWER's Karena Lam Ka Yun, OUR LITTLE SISTER's Haruka Ayase, and COIN LOCKER GIRL's Kim Hye-Soo. Best Film nominees are MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, THE ASSASSIN, BAJIRAO MASTANI, THREE STORIES OF LOVE, MR. SIX and VETERAN.
Lau Ching will be on the jury for the first time and estimated that he will have to watch ten films. Speaking of this year's fierce Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor competition, was he disappointed that he was not nominated? Ching Wan said no because he will be hosting on the stage. As for Chow Yun Fat's call for other nominees to make way for Jacky Cheung Hok Yau, To Sir said, "Hok Yau would be heart broken to hear that, it's not necessary. Hok Yau did very well too, sooner or later he will win." Ching Wan said that he was very familiar with the nominees and it was very hard for him to say who he would like to win. To Sir joked, "Don't say it even if you want to." As for To Sir, he said, "I neither participate nor watch, I don't care. Nominate me if you like to, don't if you don't."
Lam Ka Yun said, "I am very happy to hear the news, at the same time I am very, very, very scared because I still have a lot to learn on my film journey. I am elated to receive such good news and recognition from the first two films of my comeback, but thank you very much. I hope to be able to attend this grand award ceremony in Macau." Cherry Ngan Cheuk Ling was nominated for Best Supporting Actress with MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND. She said, "I am honored to be the only Hong Kong actress to participate in the giant production with 2,007 on and off screen workers, MOJIN: THE MOST LEGEND. The character is the complete opposite of me as she enjoys to chop people; this nomination now is the third time after the Golden Horse Award and the Hong Kong Film Award that I have been blessed, it is the most perfect university graduation gift for me from the elders!"