10:42 - 17th April 2012, by David West

A Simple Life Wins Big At Hong Kong Film Awards

Ann Hui's A Simple Life was the big winner of the night at the Hong Kong Film Awards, held at the Hong Kong Cultural Center on 15 April, 2012.

The film snagged Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay in addition to Best Actor for Andy Lau and Best Actress for Deannie Ip. At 64 it was the first win for the veteran Ip, while the movie marked Lau's third time to take home a statuette.

The movie follows the relationship between a successful movie producer, Roger Leung (Lau) who takes care of his old Ah-Ma, Chun-tao (Ip), after she asks to be moved into a retirement home.

The story was inspired by events in the life of HK film producer Roger Lee and his friendship with his old Ah-Ma (a live-in housekeeper who looks after a family).

"I would like to thank Hong Kong," said director Hui on receiving her award, "I grew up here and I received my education here. This city has given me a lot of inspirations."

The film features appearances from several heavyweights of the HK movie industry including, as seen in the still above, Sammo Hung and Tsui Hark.

The other film to scoop multiple awards was Tsui Hark's own Flying Swords of Dragon Gate which took home many of the technical prizes.

Here the rundown of winners:

Best Picture: A Simple Life

Best Director: Ann Hui - A Simple Life

Best Actor: Andy Lau - A Simple Life

Best Actress: Deannie Ip - A Simple Life

Best Supporting Actor: Lo Hoi-Pang - Life Without Principle

Best Supporting Actress: So Hang-Suen - Life Without Principle

Best Screenplay: Susan Chan - A Simple Life

Best New Actor: Jam Hsiao - The Killer Who Never Kills

Best Cinematography: Jake Pollack, Lai Yiu-Fai - Wu Xia

Best Editing: Yau Chi-Wai - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Art Direction: Yee Chung-Man, Ben Lau - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Costume Design and Make-Up: William Cheung Suk-Ping - Let The Bullets Fly

Best Action Choreography: Yuen Bun, Sun Jian-Kui, Lan Hai-Han - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Original Film Score: Chan Kwong-Wing, Peter Kam Pui-Tat, Chatchai Pongprapaphan - Wu Xia

Best Original Song: Hi, Fidelity Composer: Jun Kung, Lyrics: Calvin Poon Yuen-Leung, Performer: Sandy Lam

Best Sound Design: Kim Seok-Won - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Visual Effects: Kim Wook, Josh Cole, Frankie Chung - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Chinese-language Film from the Two Coasts: You Are The Apple Of My Eye, Taiwan

Best New Director: Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan - Big Blue Lake

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ni Kuang

Professional Achievement Award: Fong Ho Yuen

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