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)


Best Actor

WINNER: Lee Byung-hun for “The Man Standing Next” (South Korea)

Hamed Behdad for “Castle of Dreams” (Iran)

Chen Yi-wen for “A Sun” (Taiwan)

Masataka Kubota for “First Love” (Japan)

Tai Bo for “Suk Suk” (Hong Kong)

Wang Jingchun for “So Long, My Son” (Mainland China)


Best Actress

WINNER: Zhou Dongyu for “Better Days” (Hong Kong, Mainland China)

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying for “Happy Old Year” (Thailand)

Jung Yu-mi for “Kim Ji Young, Born 1982” (South Korea)

Mariko Tsutsui for “A Girl Missing” (Japan)

Yeo Yann Yann for “Wet Season” (Singapore, Taiwan)

Yong Mei for “So Long, My Son” (Mainland China)


Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Kase Ryo for “To the Ends of the Earth” (Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar)

Choi Woo-shik for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Jinpa for “Balloon” (Mainland China)

Liu Kuan-ting for “A Sun” (Taiwan)

Ben Yuen Fu-wah for “Suk Suk” (Hong Kong)


Best Supporting Actress

WINNER: Samantha Ko Shu-chin for “A Sun” (Taiwan)

Patra Au Ga-man for “Suk Suk” (Hong Kong)

Lee Jeong-eun for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Yuko Tanaka for “One Night” (Japan)

Zhou Ye for “Better Days” (Hong Kong, Mainland China)


Best New Director

WINNER: Hikari for “37 Seconds” (Japan)

John Hsu Han-chiang for “Detention” (Taiwan)

Lee Sang-geun for “Exit” (South Korea)

Sharipa Urazbayeva for “Mariam” (Kazakhstan, Germany)

Norris Wong Yee-lam for “My Prince Edward” (Hong Kong)

Liang Ming for “Wisdom Tooth” (Mainland China)


Best Newcomer

WINNER: Jackson Yee for “Better Days” (Hong Kong, Mainland China)

Fandy Fan Shao-hsun for “We Are Champions” (Taiwan)

Anong Houngheuangsy for “Days” (Taiwan)

Kim Hye-jun for “Another Child” (South Korea)

Sakurako Konishi for “First Love” (Japan)


Best Screenplay

WINNER: Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Pema Tseden for “Balloon” (China)

Mohammad Davoudi, Mohsen Gharaie for “Castle of Dreams” (Iran)

A Mei, Wang Xiaoshuai for “So Long, My Son” (China)

Chang Yao Sheng, “Chung Mong Hong for A Sun” (Taiwan)


Best Editing

WINNER: Yang Jin-mo for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Zhang Yibo for “Better Days” (Hong Kong, Mainland China)

Lee Chatametikool for “So Long, My Son” (China)

Lai HsiuHsiung for “A Sun” (Taiwan)

Yasha Ramchandani for “Thappad” (India)


Best Cinematography

WINNER: Dong Jinsong for “The Wild Goose Lake” (Mainland China, France)

Lu Songye for “Balloon” (Mainland China)

Girish Gangadharan for “Jallikattu” (India)

Lim Won-geun for “Time to Hunt” (South Korea)

Ashizawa Akiko for “To the Ends of the Earth” (Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar)


Best Original Music

WINNER: Karsh Kale, The Salvage Audio Collective for “Gully Boy” (India)

Prashant Pillai for “Jallikattu” (India)

Banse Tomohiko, Grandfunk, Sawawbe Wataru “On-Gaku: Our Sound” (Japan)

Jung Jae-il for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Kim Tae-sung for “Svaha: the Sixth Finger” (South Korea)


Best Costume Design

WINNER: Pacharin Surawatanapongs for “Happy Old Year” (Thailand)

Dora Ng for “Better Days” (Hong Kong, Mainland China)

Jo Sang-gyeong for “Forbidden Dream” (South Korea)

Arjun Bhasin, Poornamrita Singh for “Gully Boy” (India)

Miyamoto Masae for “Kingdom” (Japan)


Best Production Design

WINNER: Lee Ha-jun for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Suzanne Caplan Merwanji for “Gully Boy” (India)

Wenceslaus de Rozari for “Gundala” (Indonesia)

Lv Dong for “So Long, My Son” (Mainland China)

Gao Ang for “The Wandering Earth” (Mainland China)


Best Visual Effects

WINNER: Tomi Kuo, Renovatio Pictures for “Detention” (Taiwan)

Jin Jong-hyun for “Ashfall” (South Korea)

Ootagaki Kaori for “First Love” (Japan)

Hong Jeong-ho for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Ding Yanlai for “The Wandering Earth” (Mainland China)


Best Sound

WINNER: Kureishi Yoshifumi for “Listen to the Universe” (Japan)

Choi Tae-young for “Ashfall” (South Korea)

Choi Tae-young for “Parasite” (South Korea)

Wang Danrong for “The Wandering Earth” (Mainland China)

Zhang Yang for “The Wild Goose Lake” (Mainland China, France)


Congratulations to all the winners!


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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.
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