Looking for the perfect film for your next movie night? Wanting to get into Asian cinema but don’t know where to start? Check out these movies nominated at this year’s Asian Film Awards!

The 14th Asian Film Awards was held on Wednesday Oct 27th. The ceremony was originally meant to take place in Busan, South Korea, before Covid-19 put everyone on lockdown. Instead, the awards were streamed on the Asian Film Awards Academy’s YouTube page.

It was actually lucky for people like me in different time zones who wanted to stay up until 3 a.m. to watch.

The online ceremony went off without a hitch, with the presenters and winners sending in videos from wherever they are quarantining. It was also fun to see everyone cheering for their favorite movies in the comments!

Unsurprisingly, “Parasite” won for Best Film. Director Boon Joon-ho won this award for two of his previous movies, “The Host” and “Mother.” But “Parasite” only won four of its ten nominations.

The winner’s circle consisted of a wide diversity of films from many different countries, unlike the sweeps that can happen at the Oscars or Emmys. Pacharin Surawatanapongs, the winner for Best Costume Design, said in her acceptance speech that this was her first award!

Here is the full list of the nominees and winners:

Best Film – Check out our deep dive into all the Best Film nominees <here>

WINNER: “Parasite” (South Korea)

“Listen to the Universe” (Japan)

“So Long, My Son” (Mainland China)

“A Sun” (Taiwan)

“Thappad” (India)

“There Is No Evil” (Iran, Germany)

Best Director

WINNER: Wang Xiaoshuai for “So Long, My Son” (Mainland China)

Pema Tseden for “Balloon” (Mainland China)

Bong Joon-ho for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Chung Mong-hong for “A Sun” (Taiwan)

Nobuhiro Suwa for “Voices in the Wind” (Japan)



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Erin Dumke

Erin Dumke is the head editor at Chinosity. She is a journalist who recently graduated from the University of Kentucky. She hopes to bridge the education gap and promote international communication.