Raging Fire won the Best Film award at the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA), which was held on July 17 at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. The movie, which was directed by the late Benny Chan, also won the Best Director award. Anita, a biopic on Cantopop star Anita Mui, took home the most awards of the evening.

The awards were almost evenly split between three movies: Anita (5), Raging Fire (4) and noir film Limbo (4). The biggest wins for Limbo, which had the most nominations at 14, were for Best Actress Cya Liu who played a drug addict in the film, and in the screenplay, cinematography and art direction categories. Louise Wong, who played the titular character in Anita and was also nominated for Best Actress, instead took home an HKFA statue for Best New Performer.

Malaysian actress Fish Liew, who had the distinction of being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Anita and Limbo, won for her turn as Ann Mui in the biopic. Patrick Tse won the Best Actor award for his role in Time. Drifting — which is based on a 2012 real-life court case involving the homeless in Sham Shui Po — did not win a single award, despite being nominated for 11.

Here are the winners in the main categories:

  • Best Film: Raging Fire
  • Best Director: Benny Chan (Raging Fire)
  • Best Actor: Patrick Tse (Time)
  • Best Actress: Cya Liu (Limbo)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Fung Ho Yeung (Zero to Hero)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Fish Liew (Anita)
  • Best New Performer: Louise Wong (Anita)
  • Best New Director: Chan Kin-Long (Hand Rolled Cigarette)
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This is the first time that the HKFA was held in two years, which is why the 2022 ceremony honoured films released theatrically in 2020 and 2021. The 39th edition of the awards was held via livestream in 2020 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and there was no ceremony in 2021.

For the full list of the 2022 winners and nominees, visit the HKFA website.

Header image credits: Hong Kong Film Awards via Facebook

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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