Lee Chatametikool won the award for Karaoke, a film by Malaysian-Canadian director Chris Chong. It's about a young man's return to find his old hometown much changed and his presence in a karaoke parlor run by his mother not so much welcomed. The movie was shot in Malaysia with a Thai crew that included cinematographer Charin Pengpanich, and had post-production work done in Bangkok.
Here's the 4th AFA winners:
- Best Film: Mother (South Korea)
- Best Director: Lu Chuan, City of Life and Death (China)
- Best Actor: Wang Xueqi, Bodyguards and Assassins (Hong Kong/China)
- Best Actress: Kim Hye-ja, Mother (South Korea)
- Best Newcomer: Ng Meng Hui, At the End of Daybreak (Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea)
- Best Supporting Actor: Nicholas Tse, Bodyguards and Assassins (Hong Kong/China)
- Best Supporting Actress: Wai Ying-hung, At the End of Daybreak (Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea)
- Best Screenwriter: Park Eun-kyo and Bong Joon-ho, Mother (South Korea)
- Best Cinematographer: Cao Yu, City of Life and Death (China)
- Best Production Design: Patrick Dechesne, Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Le Tian-Jue, Face (Taiwan)
- Best Composer: Lo Ta-Yu, Vengeance (Hong Kong)
- Best Editor: Lee Chatametikool, Karaoke (Malaysia)
- Best Visual Effects: Yi Zeonhyoung, Thirst (South Korea)
- Best Costume Designer: Christian Lacroix, Anne Dunsford, Wang Chia-Hui, Face (Taiwan)
- Asian Film Award for Lifetime Achievement: Amitabh Bachchan
- Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema: Zhang Yimou
- Asian Film Award for 2009's Top-Grossing Film Director: John Woo
The Hollywood Reporter has the breakdown.
Lee was the only Thai nominee this year. No Thai films were nominated. It's the second time Lee has won the award. He also won at the first AFA in 2007 for Syndromes and a Century by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
But with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and FilMart going on, it's a busy time for the Thai industry and indie filmmakers.
The festival, which runs until April 6, has Kongkiat Komesiri's Slice, Anocha Suwichakornpong's Mundane History, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's A Letter to Uncle Boonmee and Tomonari Nishikawa's Lumphini 2552.
HAF has two Thai projects vying for funding: Ekachai Uekrongtham's's Chang & Eng and Lee Chatametikool's Past Love. Also, Technicolor Thailand gives an award.
And at FilMart, Princess Ubolratana will be on hand at the Thai Pavilion, promoting the Thai film industry as well as her own films, My Best Bodyguard and The Legend of the Queen.
(Info via Twitter; photo via Anocha on Facebook)