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HK film critics favor Leung and Siqin
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Siqin Gaowa (L) and Chow Yun-Fat are seen in a scene from Ann Hui's film "The Postmodern Life of My Aunt." Siqin Gaowa claimed the best actress honor for her role in the film at this year's Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. 

Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Siqin Gaowa claimed the best actor and best actress titles at this year's Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.

The Hong Kong Film Critics Society announced the winners on Monday, honoring Leung for his role in the crime thriller "Eye in the Sky," and Siqin for the comedy-drama "The Postmodern Life of My Aunt."

The Society issued a statement praising Leung who has "accurately portrayed a character that is very different from his on-screen persona," and saying Siqin embellishes her character in "Aunt" in every detail.

Director of "Aunt," Ann Hui, was also named best director.

Distinguishing itself from the flashier Hong Kong Film Awards, the Film Critics Society Awards recognize films from a more critical perspective.

Aside from honoring individuals, the annual awards also issue a list of recommended films. This year's eight recommendations include Derek Yee's "Protégé," Johnnie To's "Godly Detective," and Peter Chan's "The Warlords."

The awards will be officially presented at a ceremony scheduled for February 27.
(CRI January 23, 2008)

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