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Every August and September gave the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong Limited the biggest headache because it had to select a film to represent Hong Kong and vie for the Oscar Best Foreign Film nomination. Reportedly this year the jury included Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting, John Chong Ching, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Leung Lee Siu Ha and other filmmakers. Recently voting has begun. Nominated films included Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi's THE GRANDMASTERS (YUT DOI JUNG SI) and the Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Eddie Peng Yu-Yen starred UNBEATABLE (GIK JIN). Originally the HK$ 120 million investment 10 year long production THE GRANDMASTERS would have a better shot as a Hong Kong Oscar Best Foreign Film representative due to its frequent international film festival guest, once Cannes Film Festival jury chair Wong Kar Wai and the foreign viewers recognized Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi. In addition the film was screened on 700 screens in the U.S. and reached US$ 2.45 million in a short time. Some thought that the film will break the curse of Hong Kong films being kept out of Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination!
Yet, due to the recent success of the Cheung Ka Fai, Peng Yu-Yen starred, Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed UNBEATABLE like Cheung Ka Fai and Crystal Lee Hing Hau earlier working Best Actor and Best Actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival and its box office breaking the HK$42 million recently, some voters earlier "changed their minds" and voted for UNBEATABLE. Voters who preferred THE GRANDMASTERS saw the tides turn and requested to watch the U.S. version as well. Also because of such a motion, the Federation's "deadline" was scheduled two days ago. In the end it had to postpone the voting deadline and counting due to the 23rd.