Feng Xiaogang's disaster epic has won the main prize at this year's Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
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SBS Film

3 Dec 2010 - 9:40 AM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:08 PM

Chinese epic Aftershock has taken out top honours in the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which were held on Queensland's Gold Coast overnight.

Feng Xiaoping's disaster epic took home awards for best picture and best actor (Chen Daoming), for its dramatisation of the Tangshan earthquake, and its astounding human cost.

APSA jury president David Puttnam was forthright in his assessment of what got Aftershock ove the line: "Ultimately, Aftershock won best film because, in my own view, it has everything," he said. "It is as good a 'big movie' as any I've seen from Hollywood in years. It doesn't disappoint at any level. It has already attracted a huge audience and it has every chance of going on to capture a bigger international audience."

Aftershock was nominated in a record six categories but lost out to Korea's Poetry for director and actress honours. Poetry producer Lee Jun-dong accepted the awards on behalf of director – and now three time APSA recipient – Lee Chang-Dong and lead actress Yun Jung-Hee, who emerged from 15 years hiatus for her role as an elderly woman who discovers the means to self-expression through poetry.

The full list of APSA winners is as follows:

BEST FEATURE FILM
Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People's Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)
Produced by Guo Yanhong, Han Sanping, Wang Zhonjun, Peter Lam Kin Ngok, Wang Tonguan and Albert Yeung.

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL JURY GRAND PRIZE
Actress Shinobu Terajima for Caterpillar
Japan

Writer/Director Samuel Maoz for Lebanon
Israel / France / Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Lee Chang-dong for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS

Yun Jung-hee for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR

Chen Daoming for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People's Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon)
Israel / France / Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Sudhir Palsane for Vihir (The Well)
India

BEST CHILDREN'S FEATURE FILM
Digari (The Other)
Islamic Republic of Iran
Produced by Mohammad Ali Najafi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Piercing I
People's Republic of China
Produced by Lynne Wang

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Last Train Home
People's Republic of China / Canada
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross.
Co-Produced by Bob Moore

FIAPF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM
Christine Hakim
UNESCO AWARD
Bal (Honey)
Turkey / Germany
Written and directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu

HIGH COMMENDATION
High Commendation for Best Performance by an Actor
Tony Barry for Home by Christmas

High Commendation for Outstanding Technology and Special Effects
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole