(AP) Chinese melodrama "Mystery" has been honored as the best film at the Asian Film Awards.
The film directed by the often-censored Lou Ye tells the story of a middle-age woman who plans to take revenge on her husband after discovering his infidelity.
Lou said backstage Monday night that the award was an encouragement to the whole team, including photographers and art directors.
"Mystery" also took home the award for best newcomer, Qi Xi, and best screenwriters.
The Philippines topped the acting categories. Nora Aunor was named best actress for "Thy Womb," and 87-year-old Eddie Garcia was named best actor for "Bwakaw."
Aunor thanked the AFA and her fans at home in the Philippines, while Garcia said he was "elated and honored" for his win. He also took home the people's choice award for favorite actor.
Japan's Kitano Takeshi was named best director for "Outrage Beyond" but did not attend.
Malaysian-born actress Michelle Yeoh, previously named recipient of the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, called herself "an extremely lucky gal.
"I've worked with truly the best of directors, not just in Asia but around the world," she said. "I do believe that the harder you work, the luckier you get and I've been very, very privileged. So I thank God every day that I've been so blessed."
Last year's people's choice winner Andy Lau was in a different role this year, president of the jury.
"I like films or performances that moved me," he said about how he decided his votes.
Asked backstage why films from the greater China region did not fare well this year, Lau said his own theory was that it was just a cycle.
"This year, perhaps Hong Kong produced more comedy films, like the ones you saw, and also some action films. They are at a slight disadvantage," he said. With new films from other directors in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the coming year, things will change.
"It takes a year or more to make a film," the Hong Kong actor said. "So I think next year we will make a comeback."