Andy Lau helps to get the Gov to fund Asian Academy Awards
This is a long time coming, so we’ll see in March if we can really launch an Asian Academy Awards in Hong Kong.
Thanks to Andy Lau Tak-Wah, who convinced the HK Gov to help fund The Asian Film Awards to help promote the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the local film industry and Hong Kong with HK$5 million which should match what the HKIFF brings in. Kind of ironic that Andy Lau helped get cash to fund an event where he would win most of the awards! I kid, I kid…
Check out the site here – the usual suspects are in line for the nominations across the region: Curse of the Golden Flower and Exiled are the HK entries. The Host from Korea is there, so why no Death Note from Japan?
And there is even a Best Visual Effects category!!!
The Asian Film Awards kicks starts this year’s Entertainment Expo and Filmart, which in case you don’t know is kind of like a mini-Cannes of Asian film buying and selling. If they really want to promote this and make a statement about it, the organizers should move it to the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and have celebrities show up with those crazy giant movie ads everywhere in TST. Screaming fans and lots of photo opps. But that’s just me talking.