‘Uncle Boonmee’ snags top prize at Hong Kong’s Asian Film Awards

‘Uncle Boonmee’ snags top prize at Hong Kong’s Asian Film Awards

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's quirky drama, largely ignored in Thailand, knocked out the Chinese heavyweights to capture the best picture award

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” was awarded the trophy for best picture at last night’s fifth annual Asian Film Awards, beating out Chinese box office monsters “Aftershock” and “Let the Bullets Fly.” 

Inspired by a book written by a Buddhist monk, "Uncle Boonmee" is a hypnotic tale about a man who believes in reincarnation.

Last year, the film gained worldwide fame for winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and is now the first Thai movie to win the top prize at the Asian Film Awards. 

Yet it received little attention here in Thailand. It was given limited screenings and overlooked completely at the recent National Film Awards.

Other winners at last night's Asian Film Awards include:

Best Director: Lee Chang-dong for "Poetry" (South Korea)

Best Actor: Ha Jung-woo for "The Yellow Sea" (South Korea)

Best Actress: Xu Fan for "Aftershock" (Mainland China/Hong Kong)

Best Newcomer: Mark Chao You-Ting for "Monga" (Taiwan)

Best Supporting Actor: Sammo Hhung Kam-po for "Ip Man 2" (Hong Kong)

Best Supporting Actress: Yoon Yeo-jeong for "The Housemaid" (South Korea)

For the full list of winners, click here

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