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The Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA; ), founded in 1982, are the most prestigious film awards in Hong Kongmarker and among the most respected in mainland China and Taiwanmarker. Award ceremonies are held annually, typically in April. The Awards recognize achievement in all aspects of filmmaking, such as directing, screenwriting, acting and cinematography. The awards are the Hong Kong equivalent to the American Oscars and the British BAFTAS.

The HKFA, incorporated into Hong Kong Film Awards Association Ltd since December 1993, are currently managed by a board of directors, which consists of representatives from thirteen professional film bodies in Hong Kong. Voting on eligible films for the HKFA is conducted January through March every year and is open to all registered voters, which include local film workers as well as critics, and a selected group of abjudicators.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of representatives from thirteen professional film bodies in Hong Kongmarker, listed below.

Winners, Best Movie Award

General rules

The Hong Kong Film Awards are open to all Hong Kong films which are not shorter than an hour and commercially released in Hong Kongmarker within the previous calendar year. A film qualifies as a Hong Kong film if it satisfies two of the three criteria, namely: the film director is a Hong Kong resident, at least one film company is registered in Hong Kong, and at least six persons of the production crew are Hong Kong residents. Since 2002, the HKFA also feature a Best Asian Film category, which accepts non-Hong Kong films which are commercially released in Hong Kong.

In January each year, a first round of election, open to all registered voters and a selected group of 100 professional abjudicators, is held to determine the five nominees for each award category. In the rare case where there is a tie between two nominees within the top five slots, six nominees will be allowed. Nominations are usually announced in February, after which a second round of election is held to determine the winner. Voting in the second round is open to a group of 50 professional abjudicators, Executive Committee members of the HKFA, as well as members of the thirteen professional film bodies. Each voting group holds a percentage of the ultimate score for each nominee, and each film body holds a higher share in the categories associated with it.

Categories of Awards

The Hong Kong Film Awards currently feature nineteen regular categories, listed below.

  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Costume Make Up Design
  • Best Action Choreography
  • Best Original Film Score
  • Best Original Film Song

  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Asian Film
  • Best New Director




  • First winner: Kara Hui — awarded Best Actress in the 1st Hong Kong Film Awards, making her the first recipient of the Hong Kong Film Awards.
  • First non-Hong Kong resident winner: Song Hongrong — born in Mainland China, awarded Best Art Direction in 1984.
  • First non-Hong Kong resident winner for Best Actor: None — the Hong Kong Film Awards have so far not awarded the Best Actor title to any non-Hong Kong resident.
  • First non-Hong Kong resident winner for Best Actress: Siqin Gaowa — born in Mainland China, awarded Best Actress in 1985 for her role in film Homecoming.

Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures

To celebrate a century of Chinese cinema, the Hong Kong Film Awards unveiled a list of Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (which in fact includes 103 films) during the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony on 27 March, 2005. The list, selected by a panel of 101 filmmakers, critics and scholars, includes 24 films from Mainland China (11 from pre-1949 and 13 from post-1949), 61 from Hong Kongmarker, 16 from Taiwanmarker, 1 Hong Kong and Mainland co-production, and 1 Hong Kong and Taiwan co-production.

Rank Title Year Region Language Director(s)
1 Spring in a Small Town 1948 China Mandarin Fei Mu
2 A Better Tomorrow 1986 Hong Kong Cantonese John Woo
3 Days of Being Wild 1990 Hong Kong Cantonese (+) Wong Kar-Wai
4 Yellow Earth 1984 China Mandarin Chen Kaige
5 City of Sadness 1989 Taiwan Taiwanese (+) Hou Hsiao-hsien
6 Long Arm of the Law 1984 Hong Kong Johnny Mak
7 Dragon Gate Inn 1967 Taiwan Mandarin King Hu
8 Boat People 1982 Hong Kong Cantonese (+) Ann Hui
9 A Touch of Zen 1971 Taiwan Mandarin King Hu
10 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 Taiwan/Hong Kong Mandarin Ang Lee
11 Street Angel 1937 China Mandarin Yuan Muzhi
12 A Brighter Summer Day 1991 Taiwan Mandarin (+) Edward Yang
13 The Private Eye 1976 Hong Kong Michael Hui
14 The Mission 1999 Hong Kong Cantonese Johnnie To
15 One Armed-Swordsman 1967 Hong Kong Mandarin Chang Cheh
16 Fist of Fury 1972 Hong Kong Mandarin/English Lo Wei
17 In the Heat of the Sun 1994 China Mandarin Jiang Wen
18 In the Face of Demolition 1953 Hong Kong Li Tie
19 A Chinese Odyssey 1995 Hong Kong Cantonese / Mandarin Jeffery Lau
20 The Arch 1970 Hong Kong Tang Shu-Shuen
21 Rouge 1987 Hong Kong Cantonese Stanley Kwan
22 Chungking Express 1994 Hong Kong Cantonese (+) Wong Kar-Wai
23 Homecoming 1984 Hong Kong Yim Ho
24 The Time to Live and the Time to Die 1985 Taiwan Mandarin/Taiwanese Hou Hsiao-hsien
25 Red Sorghum 1987 China Mandarin Zhang Yimou
26 Father and Son 1981 Hong Kong Allen Fong
27 The Spring River Flows East 1947 China Mandarin Cai Chusheng
28 Comrades: Almost a Love Story 1996 Hong Kong Cantonese Peter Chan
29 The Goddess 1934 China (Silent) Wu Yonggang
30 The Big Road 1934 China (Silent) Sun Yu
31 The Secret 1979 Hong Kong Ann Hui
32 Infernal Affairs 2002 Hong Kong Cantonese Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
33 Drunken Master 1978 Hong Kong Cantonese Yuen Wo Ping
34 The Butterfly Murders 1979 Hong Kong Cantonese Tsui Hark
35 Ashes of Time 1994 Hong Kong Cantonese Wong Kar-Wai
36 Made in Hong Kong 1997 Hong Kong Cantonese Fruit Chan
37 Sorrows of the Forbidden City 1948 China Zhu Shilin
38 Liang Shan-po and Chu Ying-t'ai 1963 Hong Kong Li Han Hsiang
39 The Story of A Discharged Prisoner 1967 Hong Kong Lung Kong
40 Zu Warriors 1983 Hong Kong Cantonese Tsui Hark
41 The Terrorizer 1986 Taiwan Edward Yang
42 The Killer 1989 Hong Kong Cantonese John Woo
43 Once Upon a Time in China 1991 Hong Kong Cantonese / English Tsui Hark
44 Centre Stage 1992 Hong Kong Mandarin (+) Stanley Kwan
45 The Story of Qiu Ju 1992 China Mandarin Zhang Yimou
46 This Life of Mine 1950 China Shi Hui
47 Kingdom and the Beauty 1959 Hong Kong Li Han Hsiang
48 The Winter 1969 Taiwan Li Han Hsiang
49 An Autumn's Tale 1987 Hong Kong Cantonese (+) Mabel Cheung
50 A Chinese Ghost Story 1987 Hong Kong Cantonese Ching Siu-Tung
51 The Purple Hairpin 1959 Hong Kong Li Tie
52 The Orphan 1960 Hong Kong Lee Sun-Fung
53 Two Stage Sisters 1965 China Xie Jin
54 City on Fire 1987 Hong Kong Cantonese / Mandarin Ringo Lam
55 Farewell My Concubine 1993 Hong Kong/China Mandarin Chen Kaige
56 Yi Yi: A One and a Two 2000 Taiwan Mandarin / Taiwanese Edward Yang
57 Cold Nights 1955 Hong Kong Lee Sun-fung
58 Po Xiao Shi Fen 1967 Taiwan Sung Tsu-shou
59 Raining in the Mountain 1979 Taiwan King Hu
60 Police Story 1985 Hong Kong Cantonese Jackie Chan
61 C'est la vie, mon chéri 1993 Hong Kong Cantonese Derek Yee
62 The Wedding Banquet 1993 Taiwan Mandarin / English Ang Lee
63 Platform 2000 China Mandarin Jia Zhangke
64 The Wild, Wild Rose 1960 Hong Kong Wang Tian-Lin
65 The Great Devotion 1960 Hong Kong Chor Yuen
66 My Intimate Partner 1960 Hong Kong Kim Chun
67 Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind 1980 Hong Kong Tsui Hark
68 Ah Ying / Ban Bian Ren 1983 Hong Kong Allen Fong
69 Durian Durian 2000 Hong Kong Cantonese / Mandarin Fruit Chan
70 Little Toys 1933 China (Silent) Sun Yu
71 Ai Le Zhong Nian 1949 China Sang Hu
72 The House of 72 Tenants 1973 Hong Kong Chor Yuen
73 Nomad 1982 Hong Kong Cantonese Patrick Tam
74 Dust in the Wind 1986 Taiwan Hou Hsiao-hsien
75 92 Legendary La Rose Noire 1992 Hong Kong Jeffrey Lau
76 Shaolin Soccer 2001 Hong Kong Cantonese Stephen Chow
77 Song at Midnight 1937 China Mandarin Ma-Xu Weibang
78 China Behind 1974 Hong Kong Tong Shu-Shuen
79 The Spooky Bunch 1980 Hong Kong Ann Hui
80 Taipei Story 1985 Taiwan Edward Yang
81 The Blue Kite 1993 China Mandarin Tian Zhuangzhuang
82 Tai Tai Wan Sui 1948 China Sang Hu
83 Mambo Girl 1957 Hong Kong Yi Wen
84 Feast of a Rich Family 1959 Hong Kong Lee Sun-Fung, Li Tie, Ng Wui, Lo Ji-Hung
85 Execution in Autumn 1972 Taiwan Lee Hsing
86 Hibiscus Town 1986 China Mandarin Xie Jin
87 God of Gamblers 1989 Hong Kong Cantonese Wong Jing
88 As Tears Go By 1988 Hong Kong Cantonese / Mandarin Wong Kar-Wai
89 Happy Together 1997 Hong Kong Wong Kar-Wai
90 In the Mood for Love 2000 Hong Kong Cantonese (+) Wong Kar-Wai
91 Myriad of Lights 1948 China Fu Shen
92 Festival Moon 1953 Hong Kong Zhu Shilin
93 Parents' Hearts 1955 Hong Kong Kim Chun
94 Lin Zexu 1959 China Zheng Junli
95 Dreams of the Red Chambers 1962 China Cen Fan
96 Digital Master 1983 Hong Kong Kirk Wong
97 Shanghai Blues 1984 Hong Kong Tsui Hark
98 Eight Diagram Pole Fighter 1984 Hong Kong Cantonese Liu Chia-Liang
99 The Black Cannon Incident 1985 China Mandarin Huang Jianxin
100 Rebels of the Neon God 1992 Taiwan Mandarin / Taiwanese Tsai Ming-liang
101 In the Hands of a Puppet Master 1993 Taiwan Hou Hsiao-hsien
102 Summer Snow 1995 Hong Kong Cantonese Ann Hui
103 Not One Less 1998 China Mandarin Zhang Yimou

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