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14th Annual LoveHKFilm Awards

2008 marks the second year that used a jury, panel, association or other synonym for a group of people to select its annual awards. Seven individuals took part, and each tried to make this a fair, balanced and responsible voting process. Whether or not they succeeded is questionable.

The full list of Awards was announced via PCCW Broadband on March 15th, 2009 in Hong Kong. The same day, the Webmaster went to see Watchmen in IMAX.

A full list of jury members can be found below. Most of them are using their real name.

The Main Awards
  The Way We Are Best Picture
- The Way We Are
- The Beast Stalker
- Connected
- High Noon
- Run Papa Run
- True Women For Sale
  Ann Hui

Best Director
- Ann Hui On-Wah (The Way We Are)
- Benny Chan Muk-Sing (Connected)
- Sylvia Chang (Run Papa Run)
- Dante Lam Chiu-Yin (The Beast Stalker)

- John Woo (Red Cliff)

  Nick Cheung Best Actor
- Nick Cheung Ka-Fai (The Beast Stalker)
- Ge You (If You Are The One)
- Louis Koo Tin-Lok (Run Papa Run)
- Donnie Yen Ji-Dan (Ip Man)
- Zhang Fengyi (Red Cliff)
  Jiang Wenli Best Actress

- Jiang Wenli (Lost, Indulgence)

- Bau Hei-Jing (The Way We Are)
- Prudence Lau Mei-Kwan (True Women For Sale)
- Karen Mok Man-Wai (Lost, Indulgence)
- Shu Qi (
If You Are The One)
- Race Wong Yuen-Ling (True Women For Sale)
  Sun Hong-Lei Best Supporting Actor

- Sun Hong-Lei (Forever Enthralled)

- Liu Kai-Chi (The Beast Stalker)
- Francis Ng Chun-Yu (Shamo)

- Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
(True Women For Sale)
- Yu Shaoqun (Forever Enthralled)
  Chan Lai-Wun Best Supporting Actress
- Chan Lai-Wun (The Way We Are)
- Nora Miao (Run Papa Run)
- Cecilia Yip Tung (Ticket)
- Sherming Yiu Lok-Yi (True Women For Sale)
- Zhang Jingchu (The Beast Stalker)
- Vicki Zhao Wei (Red Cliff)
  High Noon Best Screenplay
- Heiward Mak Hei-Yan (High Noon)
- Dante Lam Chiu-Yin, Jack Ng Wai-Lun (The Beast Stalker)
- Feng Xiaogang, Chen Kuo-Fu (If You Are The One)
- Sylvia Chang, Mathias Woo, Susan Chan (Run Papa Run)
- Yang Yeeshan, Herman Yau Lai-To (True Women For Sale)
- Lui Yau-Wah (The Way We Are)
  Yu Shaoqun Best New Artist

- Yu Shaoqun (Forever Enthralled)

- Lam Yiu-Sing (High Noon)
- Juno Leung Chun-Lung (The Way We Are)
- Xu Jiao (CJ7)

- Kitty Zhang Yuqi (All About Women)
  Connected Best Action
Li Chung-Chi (Connected)
- Stephen Tung Wai, Bruce Law Lai-Yin (Beast Stalker)
- Tsui Siu-Ming, Benz Kong To-Hoi (Champions)

- Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Tony Leung Siu-Hung (Ip Man)
- Corey Yuen Kwai (Red Cliff)
All the Rest
  Butterfly Lovers

Worst Film
The Butterfly Lovers
Not the slam dunk winner that Wonder Women was last year, The Butterfly Lovers nevertheless earned enough ill will to walk away with 2008's Worst Film award. Nobody here blames the stars, though.

Runner Up: Missing

  All About Women

Most Underrated Film
All About Women
Panned by many and liked by few, All About Women actually found a few admirers on our awards jury. It also found at least one person who absolutely hated it, but that wasn't enough to stop the jury from making it their pick for Most Underrated Film of 2008. Besides, any film with Zhou Xun and Guey Lun-Mei deserves a chance.


Most Overrated Film
If one were to equate a mega-huge box office gross with quality, then CJ7 certainly deserves this award. The film actually made it to one jury member's Top 10 list,
but the rest seemed to feel that it really was not that good. Stephen Chow, we miss you.

Runner Up: Ip Man

  City Without Baseball

Most Bizarre Film
City Without Baseball
The Hong Kong baseball team endorsed this film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, saying that they were proud that their story could be told. Since the film was filled with homoeroticism, full-frontal nudity, and very little sports action, one wonders if baseball is really their first priority. Directed by a man named Scud.

Runner Up: Shamo


Most Disappointing Film
It's the second award for CJ7, and sadly yet another negative one. We're guessing the jury ranked CJ7 as Most Disappointing because expectations were so high, and the film struggled to meet them. This doesn't mean that the film was necessarily bad. It just wasn't as good as we had hoped. More Stephen Chow would have helped.

Runner Up: Missing


Funniest Performer
Louis Koo Tin-Lok (Connected)
While his performance wasn't intentionally comedic, Louis Koo wins this year's Funniest Performer award for his sweaty overacting in Connected. Special mention should go to the fact that he made the character likeable - not a requirement here, but one that certainly helped his chances.

Runner Up: Tsui Tin-Yau (La Lingerie)

  Siu Fei

Most Annoying
Siu Fei (Forgive and Forget)
Nobody grated on nerves more than Siu Fei, whose appearance as the annoying "friend" of Alice Tzeng in Forgive and Forget was a lowlight of the film - and indeed of Hong Kong Cinema in 2008. At least he was okay in The Vampire Who Admires Me.

Runner Up: Kelly Chen (The Empress and the Warriors)

  Donnie Yen

Most Awesome
Donnie Yen Ji-Dan (Ip Man)
Nobody was more "the Man" than Donnie Yen in Ip Man. Famously picked on for his preening acting in SPL and Flash Point, Yen delivered a fine, layered performance as
the Grandmaster of Wing Chun. He kicked ass, too.

Runner Up: Francis Ng Chun-Yu (Shamo)

  Chan Lai-Wun

Most Underrated Performer
Chan Lai-Wun (The Way We Are)
Having already been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards and also the LoveHKFilm Awards, one may wonder how Chan Lai-Wun could also win the Most Underrated Performer award.
But she did, so there.

Runner Up: Shawn Yue (Shamo)

  Louis Koo

Best Overacting
Louis Koo Tin-Lok (Connected)
Apparently, Louis Koo was so impressive in Connected that he was able to walk off with two awards - for Funniest Performer and also Best Overacting.
Considering that he was a recipient of the Worst Overacting award last year, this is an improvement.

Runner Up: Shidou Nakamura (Red Cliff)

  Siu Fei

Worst Overacting
Siu Fei (Forgive and Forget)
Not content with winning Most Annoying, Siu Fei goes for the double dip with a win for Worst Overacting. Curiously, his main competition for both awards was Kelly Chen, who apparently did not win many fans in The Empress and the Warriors.

Runner Up: Kelly Chen (The Empress and the Warriors)

  Kelly Chen

Taking Up Space
Kelly Chen (The Empress and the Warriors)
The year's most heated competition: Siu Fei vs. Kelly Chen! Siu Fei came out ahead with two awards, but Kelly won the big one for her bewildering performance in The Empress and the Warriors. Congratulations on the wedding and your pregnancy, Kelly!

Runner Up: Siu Fei (Forgive and Forget)


Career Suicide
Unfortunately, the winner of this award was disqualified because we tried to honor him for something that occurred outside of an actual film. That violates passage 7, paragraph 3 on page 243 of the LoveHKFilm Awards rulebook so we had to abort. We apologize for this error. In completely unrelated news, Macbook repair courses are now a requirement at all Hong Kong universities.

  Decade of Love

The Hand of China Award
Decade of Love
About thirty films from 2008 could win this award, but we'll give it to the omnibus film Decade of Love because it promised ten stories but only gave us nine. One, director Chung Kai-Cheong's "The Aureole", was
suspicously missing when the film finally got its delayed release. Oddly, nobody bothered to change the release poster, which still advertised ten stories.

  Ekin Hoodie Best Fashion Statement
The Ekin Cheng Hoodie (Shamo)

It had some tough competition from Jo Koo's tanktop and Stephy Tang's catsuit, but Shawn Yue's hoodie featuring Ekin Cheng's face was Hong Kong Cinema's fashion statement of the year. Everyone here wants one.

Runner Up: Jo Koo's tanktop (The Vampire Who Admires Me)

The Forgotten Award
Starring Miki Yeung, Deep Ng and Blacky Ko's son, this direct-to-video film from Andrew Lau's Basic Pictures gets our Forgotten Award because of this dubious honor: it was the only qualifying film
from 2008 that nobody on our jury saw. One person tried twice and fell asleep both times within ten minutes.


The Dynasty Award
Named in honor of Mongkok's cavernous
local theater, where schoolgirls giggle and gangsters smoke and swear, this award is given to a guilty pleasure that practically invites audience participation. Soi Cheang's lurid, mystifying and unintentionally hilarious Shamo totally qualifies.

Runners-up: The Empress and the Warriors, Kung Fu Hip Hop

  Hotcha The Award for Most Indistinguishible Media Personality
Hotcha (Forgive and Forget, Nobody's Perfect)

2008's most uninteresting debut, Hotcha appeared in a variety of Hong Kong media and won this honor because even after appearing in three films, we still can't tell who is who. Their names, if you're curious, are Winkie, Crystal and Regen - which is also the name of a White Mage spell in Final Fantasy XI. Knowing that is probably more important than being able to tell these girls apart.
  Louis Fan Siu-Wong The Team Player Award
Louis Fan Siu-Wongfor Ip Man, The Moss and Butterfly Lovers
Like last year's winner Collin Chou in Flash Point, Louis Fan Siu-Wong essayed Donnie Yen's Punching Bag™, getting owned by Yen in not one, but two scenes in Ip Man. Special mention must also be made to Fan's missed-it-if-you-blinked scene Butterfly Lovers, plus his turn as the world's dirtiest hitman in The Moss. He looked like he hadn't bathed in a year. That's dedication.
  Subtitle of the Year

Subtitle of the Year
"In the past three years of my work, I just felt twice that my fingers were resurrected." (from Kung Fu Hip Hop)
The above subtitle was the highlight of Kung Fu Hip Hop, a film that possessed such zingers as "Yes, Hot Girl" and "You're a natural born dancer." We can partially thank the film's writer Ning Cai-Shen, who's credited as the film's "dramaturgist". The rest of the thanks go to the subtitle translator, who deserves a beating.

  Connected and Motorola The Andy Lau Product Placement Award
Andy Lau would be proud of Benny Chan's Connected, which found ways to sell soft drinks, watches and of course, mobile phones during its blistering two hours of insane chase action. The film could have been retitled Motorola presents CONNECTED. However, that might have upset Tissot or Pepsi.
  Zhou Xun The Official LoveHKFilm Apology
Zhou Xun
This year, LoveHKFilm bows in apology to Zhou Xun, who was screwed by her own talent and hard work. Zhou won enough support for a Best Actress Nomination but ended up receiving nothing because her roles in All About Women and Painted Skin split her votes. Her performance in The Equation of Love and Death nearly guarantees her a shot next year.

The Next 10 Best Films of 2008
The Beast Stalker
Run Papa Run
High Noon
True Women For Sale
Red Cliff
Painted Skin
Besieged City
All About Women

    The Next 10 Worst Films of 2008
Kung Fu Dunk
Forgive and Forget
The Luckiest Man
City Without Baseball
The Pretty Women
The Sparkle in the Dark
Dangerous Game
Two Stupid Eggs

The LoveHKFilm Awards Jury

Ross Chen (a.k.a. Kozo)

Shelley Cheung
Minion of Kozo
Editing Monkey,

Paul Fox (a.k.a. Canton Kid)
College Lecturer, Media Studies
HKU Space

Kevin Ma (a.k.a. LMFDean9)
Film Student

Sean Tierney
PhD and Hong Kong Film Scholar

Yang Won-Min

Tim Youngs
Film Festival Consultant

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