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For this year's Asian Film Awards, a total of 36 films produced in eight Asian regions will compete for 16 prizes

The Asian Film Awards (AFA) is a celebration of filmmakers who have cultivated the Asian film industry. This year’s edition will take place on October 8 where a total of 36 films produced in eight Asian regions will compete for 16 prizes.

Leading the nominations is director Lee Joon-ik’s The Book of Fish, which received a nod in four categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. The movie took home the Daesang (grand prize) at the recent Baeksang Arts Awards. Other notable movies include Japan’s Wife of a Spy, South Korea’s Voice of Silence, Kazakhstan's Yellow Cat and China’s One Second.

Meanwhile, this year’s Jury President is Korean director, Lee Chang-dong. The master director has been at the forefront of advancing Korean cinema onto the world stage and was a Lifetime Award recipient at last year's awards. The 2021 Asian Film Awards will be held alongside the Busan International Film Festival. The ceremony will take place on October 8 in a hybrid form that combines attendance in Busan and online.

Read on to find out the full list of nominees of the prestigious awards show in Asia.

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Best Film

  • One Second (China)
  • The Book of Fish (South Korea)
  • The Disciple (India)
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Japan)
  • Wife of a Spy (Japan)

Best Director

  • Zhang Yimou for One Second (China)
  • Lee Joon-ik for The Book of Fish (South Korea)
  • Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Japan)
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Wife of a Spy (Japan)
  • Adlkhan Yerzhanov for Yellow Cat (Kazakhstan/France)

Best Actor

  • Mo Tzu-Yi for Dear Tenant (Taiwan)
  • Lam Ka Tung for Limbo (Hong Kong)
  • Zhang Yi for One Second (China)
  • Yakusho Yoji for Under the Open Sky (Japan)
  • Yoo Ah-in for Voice of Silence (South Korea)

Best Actress

  • Chen Shu-Fang for Little Big Women (Taiwan)
  • Zhang Zifeng for Sister (China)
  • Jun Jong-seo for The Call (South Korea)
  • Assel Sadvakassova for Ulbolsyn (Kazakhstan/France)
  • Aoi Yu for Wife of a Spy (Japan)

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Best Supporting Actor

  • Yu Ailei for Cliff Walkers (China)
  • Park Jeong-min for Deliver Us From Evil (South Korea)
  • Tse Kwan Ho for Drifting (Hong Kong)
  • Kim Hyun-bin for The Silent Forest (Taiwan)
  • Uno Shohei for The Voice of Sin (Japan)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Qin Hailu for Cliff Walkers (China)
  • Loletta Lee for Drifting (Hong Kong)
  • Hsieh Ying-Xuan for Little Big Women (Taiwan)
  • Jang Yoon-ju for Three Sisters (South Korea)
  • Makita Aju for True Mothers (Japan)

Best New Director

  • Harumoto Yujiro for A Balance (Japan)
  • P.S. Vinothraj for Pebbles (India)
  • Yin Ruoxin for Sister (China)
  • Han Shuai for Summer Blur (China)
  • Ahmad Bahrami for The Wasteland (Iran)
  • Hong Eui-jeong for Voice of Silence (South Korea)

Best Newcomer

  • Gong Seung-yeon for Aloners (South Korea)
  • Hattori Misaki for Midnight Swan (Japan)
  • Liu Haocun for One Second (China)
  • Rouhollah Zamani for Sun Children (Iran)
  • Chen Yan-Fei for The Silent Forest (Taiwan)

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Best Screenplay

  • Chen Yu-Hsun for My Missing Valentine (Taiwan)
  • You Xiaoying for Sister (China)
  • Chaitanya Tamhane for The Disciple (India)
  • Hong Eui-jeong for Voice of Silence (South Korea)

Best Editing

  • Li Yongyi for Cliff Walkers (China)
  • Kim Hyung-joo for Deliver Us From Evil (South Korea)
  • Lai Hsiu-Hsiung for My Missing Valentine (Taiwan)
  • Hassan Hassandoust for Sun Children (Iran)
  • Tina Baz and Shibuya Yoichi for True Mothers (Japan)

Best Cinematography

  • Tsukinaga Yuta for Any Crybabies Around (Japan)
  • Zhao Xiaoding for Cliff Walkers (China)
  • Hong Kyeong-pyo for Deliver Us From Evil (South Korea)
  • Cheng Siu Keng for Limbo (Hong Kong)
  • Masoud Amini Tirani for The Wasteland (Iran)

Best Original Music

  • Cho Young Wuk for Cliff Walkers (China)
  • Mowg for Deliver Us From Evil (South Korea)
  • Lao Zai for One Second (China)
  • Day Tai for The Way We Keep Dancing (Hong Kong)

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Best Costume Design

  • Chen Minzheng for Cliff Walkers (China)
  • Cho Sang-kyung and Kwak Jung-ae for Space Sweepers (South Korea)
  • Shim Hyun-seob for The Book of Fish (South Korea)
  • Koketsu Haruki for Wife of a Spy (Japan)
  • Yermek Utegenov for Yellow Cat (Kazakhstan/France)

Best Production Design

  • Li Miao for A Writer’s Odyssey (China)
  • Gokuldas for Labyrinth (India)
  • Kenneth Mak for Limbo (Hong Kong)
  • Lee Jae-sung for The Book of Fish (South Korea)
  • Ataka Norifumi for Wife of a Spy (Japan)

Best Visual Effects

  • Eric Xu and Allen Wei for A Writer’s Odyssey (China)
  • Tomi Kuo for My Missing Valentine (Taiwan)
  • Oda Issei for Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (Japan)
  • Jung Sung-jin and Jung Chul-min for Space Sweepers (South Korea)
  • Tim Crosbie and Joy Wu for The Eight Hundred (China)

Best Sound

  • Hironaka Chiyori for Any Crybabies Around (Japan)
  • Renganaath Ravee for Labyrinth (India)
  • Nopawat Likitwong for Limbo (Hong Kong)
  • Choi Tae-young for Space Sweepers (South Korea)
  • Fu Kang for The Eight Hundred (China)

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