By Indiewire | Indiewire April 17, 2007 at 8:0AM
Director Patrick Tam was the toast of Hong Kong Monday after sweeping top honours at the city's film awards with his moving family drama "After This Our Exile," his first feature in 17 years. Tam's triumphant comeback--the tale of a gambling addict who loses his wife and then forces his son to steal to make ends meet--earned him five trophies including best film, director and screenplay. He sent fellow Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To home empty-handed, despite a combined nine nominations for his gangster sagas "Election 2" and "Exiled," and also bested Chinese director Zhang Yimou and his "Curse of the Golden Flower." Stephanie Wong reports.