The 13th Asian Film Awards kick off with star-studded arrival

18 March 2019

Japanese drama "Shoplifters" picked up two awards, including best picture, at Hong Kong's 13th Asian film awards on Sunday night in a glitzy ceremony. "Shoplifters" - directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, won awards for best picture and best production design with a total of six nominations. Samal Yeslyamova, who plays a poor woman without a job struggles to raise her child in "Ayka", won the Best Actress award.

Yakusho Koji, who was the focus of a retrospective tribute at the 31st TIFF in celebration of his 40th anniversary as an actor, won the Best Actor for "The Blood of Wolves".