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Raging Fire wins best film at Hong Kong Film Awards
HONG KONG (AP) — Action-packed police thriller
Raging Fire won best film and three other awards at the
Hong Kong Film Awards, beating out a crowd favorite film
about late Cantopop singer Anita Mui.
The 40th Hong Kong Film Awards took place July 17,
after it was postponed thrice from April following the
city’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak. It was also the first
time that the awards were held in-person since 2019.
Raging Fire sees action star Donnie Yen play an
incorruptible policeman who ends up going head-to-head
with a former mentee played by Nicholas Tse, who wants
revenge after Yen’s character put him in prison.
The movie is a swan song by director Benny Chan, who
died of cancer in August 2020 while the movie was still in
Chan posthumously won the Best Director Award.
Raging Fire also won for Best Editing as well as Best
The film that took home the most awards for the night
was Anita, a biographical drama film about Mui.
Anita, which was the highest-grossing Hong Kong film
in 2021, bagged a total of five awards for Best Costume
and Design, Best Visual Effects, as well as Best Sound
The film topped the box office in Hong Kong upon
release, eventually grossing $18.5 million in total box
office sales. It topped the Hong Kong box office upon
debut, grossing some 61 million Hong Kong dollars ($7.8
million) in about seven weeks.
Anita also earned more than 10 million yuan ($1.48
million) on its opening day at the Chinese box office.
Louise Wong, who played Mui in the film, won Best New
“Honestly, it wasn’t a day (or) overnight that I could
play the role Anita,” said Wong. “I’m grateful for the
team’s support and encouragement.”
In a third test, Facebook still fails to block hate speech
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violating our Hate Speech policies on Facebook and
Instagram in Kenya. During that same period, we also
took action on more than 42,000 pieces of content that
violated our Violence & Incitement policies,” wrote Mercy
Ndegwa, director of public policy in East & Horn of Africa.
Global Witness said it resubmitted two of its ads, one in
English and one in Swahili, after Meta published its blog
post to see if anything has changed. Once again, the ads
“If you’re not catching these 20 ads, this 37,000 number
that you are celebrating, that is probably the tip of the
iceberg. You have to think that there’s a lot that’s (slipping
through) your filter,” Palstra said.
The Global Witness report follows a separate study
from June that found that Facebook has failed to catch
Islamic State group and al-Shabab extremist content in
posts aimed at East Africa. The region remains under
threat from violent attacks as Kenya prepares to vote.
“Squid Game” receives Emmy nomination
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cross the streamer’s 1 billion hours-viewed mark and was
awarded 14 Emmy nods in its freshman year. The cultural
impact of the show was nearly immediate. People dressed
as the pink-jumpsuited “Squid Game” guards for
Halloween, TikTok challenges launched, and memes
filled social media.
The success of “Squid Game” comes three years after the
South Korean film Parasite won best picture at the
Oscars, overcoming what its director, Bong Joon-ho,
called the “one-inch barrier of subtitles.”
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Global success of RRR signals
breakthrough for Tollywood
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audiences coming to Indian films, than vice versa. And
Rajamouli’s focus is in making Indian films for India and
“Because of the success of RRR with western audiences,
I am trying to make a film for the entire world, not just
India,” says Rajamouli. “But I wouldn’t try to locate
western sensibilities and try to match up and change my
story according to that. I think that would never work.”
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of doing the important work of overcoming issues that might be
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CHAN’S SWAN SONG. Actor Donnie Yen poses for a portrait in Los
Angeles in this March 8, 2020 file photo. Yen plays an incorruptible po-
liceman who ends up going head-to-head with a former mentee in the
action-packed police thriller Raging Fire, which won best film and three
other awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/
“They helped me gradually understand Anita and the
role,” she said. “I’m very grateful that I could experience
Malaysian actor Fish Liew, who played Mui’s sister Ann
Mui, won Best Supporting Actress.
Another big winner at the award ceremony was crime
thriller film Limbo which is based on the novel Wisdom
Tooth by Chinese author Lei Mi. The film follows two
policemen in their efforts to hunt down a serial killer.
The film won Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, and
Cya Liu, who played a drug addict who becomes a target
for the serial killer, won Best Actress for her portrayal of
“I’m grateful for the chance to perform in this movie and
for director Soi Cheang’s trust and recognition,” said Liu.
“With his encouragement, I could completely engage in
playing the role and act. Today is the first time in my life ...
that I feel the recognition as an actress.”
Meanwhile, 85-year-old Patrick Tse took home the
award for best actor for his performance in the film Time,
which centers on the city’s neglected elderly population.
He was given a standing ovation while receiving his
Comedian and actor Michael Hui was also presented a
Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the
comedy genre in Hong Kong’s film industry.