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Retuers: Chinese love story dominates Asian film awards

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 6, 2006 at 10:00AM

A love story about a mismatched Chinese couple was the big winner at an Asian film festival for first-time filmmakers in Singapore on Wednesday, scooping up three awards including best film and best screenplay. "The Road," which traces the difficult love affair between an elderly bus driver and a young, attractive, female bus conductor in China, also picked up a special film award. "The movie focuses on why the emotional lives of mainland Chinese are in tatters, and the problems of putting material pursuits before emotional needs," said scriptwriter Yuan Da Ju. The Vietnamese film, "Journey from the Fall," and the Indian movie, "Dombivli Fast," both won best director. Reuters reports.
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A love story about a mismatched Chinese couple was the big winner at an Asian film festival for first-time filmmakers in Singapore on Wednesday, scooping up three awards including best film and best screenplay. "The Road," which traces the difficult love affair between an elderly bus driver and a young, attractive, female bus conductor in China, also picked up a special film award. "The movie focuses on why the emotional lives of mainland Chinese are in tatters, and the problems of putting material pursuits before emotional needs," said scriptwriter Yuan Da Ju. The Vietnamese film, "Journey from the Fall," and the Indian movie, "Dombivli Fast," both won best director. Reuters reports.