Nominees for the 2019 AACTA Award for Best Asian Film Announced

Nine films from across the Asian region have been nominated for this year’s AACTA Award for Best Asian Film presented by Eureka International Group (EIG).

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Over the past year, the global reach of Asian film has continued to grow with an increasing number of high-quality, creative storylines being recognised at international film festivals and at the local and international box office. The AACTA Award for Best Asian Film presented by EIG recognises the exceptional calibre of films from the Asian region, from box-office hits and international film festival favourites to a Palme d’Or winner and multiple Best International Feature Film Oscar® entries. 

The nominees are:

  • ANDHADHUN (Dir. Sriram Raghavan, INDIA)
  • GULLY BOY (Dir. Zoya Akhtar, INDIA)
  • HELLO LOVE GOODBYE (Dir. Cathy Garcia-Molina, PHILLIPENES)
  • NE ZHA (Dir. Jiao Zi, CHINA)
  • PARASITE (Dir. Bong Joon-Ho, SOUTH KOREA)
  • SHADOW (Dir. Zhang Yimou, CHINA)
  • SUPER DELUXE (Dir. Thiagarajan Kumararaja, INDIA)
  • WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES (Dir. Makoto Nagahisa, JAPAN)


Bong Joon-Ho’s PARASITE made waves globally earlier this year as the first South Korean film to ever receive the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. The genre-blending film has been widely celebrated and was recently announced as South Korea’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Oscars®. 

Due to the win of the Best Film Award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne earlier this year, GULLY BOY received an automatic AACTA Best Asian Film Award nomination. The coming-of-age drama from Zoya Akhtar is also India’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the upcoming Oscars®.

Additional nominations from India include SUPER DELUXE which saw lead actor Vijay Sethupathi win Best Actor at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne this year for his role as a transgender woman who returns to her wife and son and award-winning director Sriram Raghavan’s ANDHADHUN, which recently won four Indian Screen Awards and five Filmfare Awards. The film has also had commercial success grossing almost ten times its budget since its release.   

Recently winning four Screen Awards and five Filmfare Awards, Award-winning Indian director Sriram Raghavan’s ANDHADHUN has achieved much critical acclaim. The film has also seen commercial success, with the black comedy thriller from India grossing almost ten times its budget since its release.     

Chinese fantasy animation NE ZHA’s nomination follows incredible commercial success as the highest grossing animated film in China, highest-grossing Chinese film of 2019 and second highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. Although NE ZHA is the debut feature of its director Yu Yang and first credited production for lead voice actress Yanting Lu, the film is in consideration for Best International Feature Film nomination at the Oscars®  in 2020. 

Marking China’s first foray into big-budget sci-fi films, THE WANDERING EARTH is produced by Ge Song who is behind some of China’s most lucrative films including WOLF WARRIOR 2, YOUTH and RAILROAD TIGERS. Praised for its stunning visual effects, THE WANDERING EARTH was acquired by Netflix to stream in various countries outside of China earlier this year.  

Inspired by Chinese ink brush painting and the tai chi symbol, the almost entirely black-and-white period film SHADOW is the latest film from one of China’s most celebrated directors, Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, RAISE THE RED LANTERN, RED SORGHUM). SHADOW was warmly received at the Golden Horse Film Festival in 2018, winning four awards and receiving eight nominations. 

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES, has become an international festival favourite, being recognised with numerous awards including the World Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality at Sundance this year and the Special Mention award in the Youth Jury Generation 14plus at Berlin International Film Festival. The film marks the feature debut of award-winning short filmmaker Makoto Nagahisa, who became the first Japanese director to win the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2017 with AND SO WE PUT THE GOLDFISH IN THE POOL.  

The highly relatable romantic-comedy HELLO LOVE GOODBYE broke box office records, becoming the highest-grossing film ever produced in the Philippines. Director Cathy Garcia-Molina and lead actress Kathryn Bernardo also worked together in 2018 on THE HOWS OF US, which had previously held the record for the highest grossing Philippine film. 

The winner of the Award will be announced in Sydney at the 2019 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

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