Hong Kong’s 2015 Oscar submission for the foreign-language-film category has thus far garnered Hui, its director, the Best Director prizes at the Golden Horse Awards last fall and the Asian Film Awards last month. The biopic of writer Xiao Hong also won Best Film and Best Director at the Hong Kong Directors’ Guild Awards in March.
Now Hui can add to those accolades the Best Film and Best Director honors from the Hong Kong Film Awards. “The Golden Era” centers on Xiao Hong, who wrote short stories, memoirs, and journalistic accounts of Japanese imperialism in China. She died in 1942 at the age of 30.
With her war epic, Hui has now won the Hong Kong Film Awards’ Best Director prize five times — more than any other filmmaker.
“I am so grateful, but I’m also thinking of not accepting any more awards in order to make room for others, especially for new directors,” said Hui backstage at the ceremony.
She also implied that her next project might be a smaller, more intimate venture. “I don’t want to make [my next film] on such a large scale like ‘The Golden Era’ or for a niche market,” she said. “I want to make it closer to people’s [everyday lives] and with a more worldly theme.”