On March 25th, get ready for Asia's most anticipated night of glitz�and glamour as the 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA) celebrates another year of cinematic�excellence. Featuring a spectacular gathering of the region's hottest celebrities and�iconic filmmakers, the 9th AFA will be held at The Venetian, Macau to commemorate�the occasion with unprecedented grandeur and prestige.
The 9th AFA recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement across 14 categories�
with a pool of 74 nominations representing 42 films from 8 countries across Asia.�
This year, Japan dominates the awards as the country with the most films nominated�
composing of 11 different films nominated for 14 different awards. Amongst these�films, The Light Only Shines There�(Soko nomi nite Hikari Kagayku), Japan's submission for�the Oscars, has been nominated for three major categories, including "Best Film",�
"Best Supporting Actress", and "Best Screenwriter". At the same time, internationally�
renowned director Tsukamoto Shinya has been nominated for the "Best�Director" for Fires On The Plain (Nobi).�
Satoh Takeru, well-known Japanese actor for the internationally-famous�action series Rurouni Kenshin, and Kase Ryo�of Korean�production Hill of Freedom�(Jiyugaoka de) has been nominated for "Best Actor" this�year, competing with major Asian names such as Ethan Ruan, Choi Min-sik, and Sean�Lau.�
At the same time, renowned actress Miyazawa Rie�has been�nominated for "Best Actress" for her performance in Pale Moon (Kami no Tsuki).�
Founded by the Tokyo International Film Festival, Hong Kong�International Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival, AFA represents the�highest caliber of events in Asian film industry. Past winners include Kitano Takeshi�and Koreeda�Hirokazu for "Best Director", Motoki Masahiro�for "Best Actor", Watanabe Makiko for "Best Supporting�
Actress", and more.
ASIAN FILM AWARDS (AFA)
Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema�
through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse talents and films that�make up the dynamic film industries of the region.
Awards night is a spectacular�gathering of celebrities, industry professionals and the media that highlights and�publicizes the year's achievements in Asian movies.
Presented in Hong Kong in its first seven years, the Awards were held last year in one�of Asia's fastest growing entertainment hubs, Macau. With this historic move, the�Awards take one step closer to its long-term plan of being held in different Asian�cities to reflect its broad reach across the entire region. Following last year's success,�the Asian Film Awards will be held again in Macau for its ninth edition.=====
For latest information, please visit www.asianfilmawards.asia.
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