We are pleased to announce OAFF 2018’s Award winners. The Audience Award will be announced at the closing ceremony on March 18th.
Grand Prix (Best Picture Award)
No. 1 Chung Ying Street [中英街一号]
Hong Kong｜Director: Derek Sung-kee Chiu (趙崇基)
Most Promising Talent Award
Best Actress Award
Iijima Shuna (飯島珠奈)
Japan｜Bad Poetry Tokyo [東京不穏詩] Actress
Take Me To the Moon [帯我去月球]
Taiwan｜Director: Hsieh Chun-Yi (謝駿毅)
Yakushi Pearl Award
Philippines｜Mr. and Mrs. Cruz Actress
Japan Cuts Award
Kushina, what will you be [クシナ]
Japan｜Director: Hayami Moët (速水萌巴)
Housen Short Film Award
Japan｜Director: Kanai Junichi (金井純一)
Jury Statement on Grand Prix (Best Picture Award): No. 1 Chung Ying Street [中英街一号]. What impressed us about “No. 1 Chung Ying Street” is how personally it affected us and provoked our emotions deeply, and we feel emotionally connected to the young people in this powerful and brave movie. It’s definitely an important film for our generation.
Jury Statement on Most Promising talent Award Winner: Mikhail Red
Mikhail Red blends and reconstructs a criminal genre film with fresh characters and their unexpected journey related to our cruel and helpless world, proving he is one of the most promising talents in Asia.
Jury Statement on Special Mention: Best Actress Award Iijima Shuna’s powerful and sensitive acting left a strong impression on all jurors. We would like to applaud her soulful performance, especially her well-controlled emotions under extreme circumstances.
Osaka Asia Star ★ Award
The Osaka Asia Star Award ceremony and the special talk were held on March 17th at Cine Libre Umeda. Chapman To, who has his film “The Empty Hands” in the competition section, gave a special talk following the presentation of the award. Chapman To talked about his
career and background to the audience.
Chapman To’s comment:
I am very happy that I am receiving an award on my first visit to the Osaka Asian Film Festival. For most Hongkongers, coming to Osaka means shopping at Shinsaibashi, not receiving an award, so I find this very interesting. I started acting in 1993 and I began directing in 2015. I’ve acted in over 80 films, produced over 8 films and I just started my directorial career. I think that I have done more harm than good to the Hong Kong film industry. Even if the fact that OAFF thinks I deserve an award is a misunderstanding, I am still very happy about it. Nevertheless, for a performer who has just started directing, I think that this award is a good reminder to do more good than harm for the film industry. Thank you so much.