Malaysian child star wins best actress prize

AWARD-WINNING DUO: Actor Nick Cheung and child actress Crystal Lee at the 16th Shanghai Film Festival on Sunday. They won the awards for best actor and best actress for movie Unbeatable.


    Jun 25, 2013

    Malaysian child star wins best actress prize

    MALAYSIAN child star Crystal Lee, 10, and Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung won the best-actress and best-actor awards respectively for their roles in the movie Unbeatable at the 16th Shanghai Film Festival on Sunday night.

    Lee is the youngest actress to win the Golden Goblet award for best actress.

    According to judges, Cheung won the award for having "created a man who lives at the bottom of the society, but who has a strong character and magnetic personality" in the film.

    Directed by Dante Lam, the film is about a former world-champion boxer, Fai (played by Cheung), who goes to Macau to escape from loan sharks and unexpectedly encounters a young chap called Qi (Eddie Peng), who is determined to win a boxing match.

    Fai becomes his mentor and rediscovers his passion to fight not only in the ring, but also for his life and the people he cares for.

    In the movie, Lee plays the daughter of a mentally-disabled single mother who lives in Macau.

    Unbeatable will open in cinemas here on Sept 5.

    Russian film The Major was awarded the top prize at Sunday's closing ceremony, while its director, Yuri Bykov, won the awards for best director and for outstanding artistic achievement.

    The jury, headed by Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, said in a statement that The Major revealed a complicated Russian society, as well as great Russian art and a tradition of storytelling.

    The Jury Grand Prix went to Swedish film Reliance, which was directed by William Olsson. The film also won the awards for best screenplay and best cinematography.