Friday, December 14, 2012


Golden Horse Best Actor Lau Ching Wan and Best Actress Kwai Lun-Mei compete at the Asia Pacific Film Festival
Lee Byung-Hun's MASQUERADE won 15 Grand Bell Awards including Best Actor
Gianna Jun (THE THIEVES)
Tony Leung Ka Fai (COLD WAR)
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The 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival takes place today at the Venetian Macao. Fresh out of the oven Golden Horse Best Actor Lau Ching Wan and Best Actress Kwai Lun-Mei compete in their respective categories with LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (DUET MING GUM) and GF*BF as the top favorites; however they face fellow fresh out of the oven Korean Best Actor Lee Byung-Hun and Best Actress Lim Soo-Jung. One of the jury members Carina Lau Ka Ling praised Tony Leung Ka Fai's performance in COLD WAR (HONG JIN) as making her hair stand on its end and his acting further improves. We shall see if Lau Ching Wan will be able to fend off two major competitors and win the Best Actor again and if Kwai Lun-Mei will be able to defeat Lim Soo-Jung to win the Asia Pacific Best Actress.

Lau Ching Wan with LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE competes for the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Actor, again against GF*BF Joseph Chang Hau Chuen. Everyone feels that Chang Hau Chuen "continues to be the runner up" as Lau Ching Wan's rivals are COLD WAR's Leung Ka Fai and MASQUERADE's Lee Byung-Hun. MASQUERADE earlier at the 49th Grand Bell Award won 15 awards to become its big winner, Lee Byung-Hun even won his first Best Actor with the film. He and Lau Ching Wan vie for the Asia Pacific Best Actor with award winning films. Viewers who have watched COLD WAR praised Leung Ka Fai as the hawk operation deputy commissioner Lee Man Bun as both outstanding in look and acting. He leaves a deep impression and is the dark horse.

As for Best Actress, it should be a race between GF*BF's Kwai Lun-Mei and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE's Lim Soo-Jung. Both are fresh out of the oven Best Actresses, the former won the Taiwan Golden Horse Award and the latter the Korea Blue Dragon Award Best Actress. Kwai Lun-Mei in the film played Mabel who is in a love triangle with the Chang Hau Chuen played Liam and the Rhydian Vaughan played Aaron. Lim Soo-Jung in ALL ABOUT MY WIFE changes her usually gentle image to play a mean wife and has received compliments for it.

Lo Hoi Pang with LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE again competes for Best Supporting Actor against the GUNS N ROSES' Fan Wei and KEY OF LIFE's Teruyuki Kagawa. THE WEDDING DIARY's Wai Ying Hung, THE THIEVES' Gianna Jun Ji-Hyun and LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE's Denise Ho Wan Si are nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

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