The Grandmaster and Unbeatable vie to represent Hong Kong at Oscars
While The Grandmaster, directed by Wong Kar-wai, had the highest chances of representing Hong Kong to vie for a Best Foreign Language Film nomination at The Academy Awards next year, voters at the Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association are torn between it and Dante Lam’s Unbeatable, which saw stunning box office results recently.
The Grandmaster was primarily favoured because of its award-winning cast of Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, and its HK$19 million (approximately S$3 million) box office sales in the United States last year.
On the other hand, Unbeatable, which stars Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng, has been gaining widespread attention for its good ratings. The film has currently raked in more than HK$42 million (S$6.8 million) in total, and its lead cast, Nick and Crystal Lee, successfully nabbed top honours at the recent Shanghai International Film Festival.
As a result, the Association decided to postpone the voting deadline, after the judging panel has viewed the US version of The Grandmaster. When asked on the current voting results, Hung Cho Sing, veteran actor and Chairman of the Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association maintained that “everything will be announced on Sep 23”.