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10th Asian Film Awards Nominations

  February 4, 2016  
Nominations for the 10th Asian Film Awards were announced on February 3. Hou Hsiao Hsien's wuxia period piece The Assassin, which took top honors at last year's Golden Horse Awards, leads with nine nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Shu Qi.

Jia Zhangke, who won Best Director in 2007 for Still Life, netted four nominations for his latest Mountains May Depart including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for his wife and muse Zhao Tao. Other Best Film nods went to Sanjay Leela's Bajirao Mastani, Hashiguchi Ryosuke's Three Stories of Love, Guan Hu's Mr. Six and Ryoo Seung Wan's Veteran. Guan and Ryoo were also nominated for Best Director along with Kore-eda Hirokazu (Our Little Sister).

Following his win at the Golden Horse Awards, "Mr. Six" Feng Xiaogang is nominated for Best Actor again with Donnie Yen (Ip Man 3), Nagase Masatoshi (An), Lee Byung Hun (Inside Men) and John Arcilla (Heneral Luna). In the Best Actress category, Shu Qi and Zhao Tao are joined by Ayase Haruka (Our Little Sister), Kim Hye Su (Coin Locker Girl) and Golden Horse winner Karena Lam (Zinnia Flower).

Michael Ning (Port of Call), Max Zhang (Ip Man 3), Asano Tadanobu (Journey to the Shore), Oh Dal Soo (Assassination) and Cheng Jen Shuo (Thanatos, Drunk) are nominated for Best Actor, while Zhou Yun (The Assassin), Tsuchiya Anna (Gonin Saga), Cherry Ngan (Mojin - The Lost Legend), Ueno Juri (The Beauty Inside) and Park So Dam (The Priests) are nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Nominations for Best Newcomer went to Vicky Kauhal (Masaan), Jessie Li (Port of Call), Fujino Ryoko (Solomon's Perjury), AOA's Kim Seol Hyun (Gangnam Blues), Lee Hong Chi (Thanatos, Drunk) and Waruntorn Paonil (Snap).

The 10th Asian Film Awards will be held in Macau on March 17, 2016.

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Port of Call leads 35th Hong Kong Film Awards nominations

  February 2, 2016  
Nominations for the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards were recently announced. Philip Yung's crime thriller Port of Call leads with 13 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor for Aaron Kwok, Best Actress for Jessie Li, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Ning and Best Supporting Actress for Elaine Jin. Li and Ning, who just won Best Actor and Best Actress at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, were also both nominated for Best New Performer.

Tsui Hark's period action adventure The Taking of Tiger Mountain follows right behind with 11 nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Tony Leung Ka Fai. The remaining contenders for Best Film are Wilson Yip's period actioner Ip Man 3, which received eight nominations, Adrian Kwan's Little Big Master, the highest-grossing Hong Kong film of 2015, and talked-about indie Ten Years, an omnibus feature imagining the state of Hong Kong in 2025.

The Best Actor shortlist gathers a heavyweight lineup with Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung joined by Andy Lau (Lost and Love), Jacky Cheung (Heaven in the Dark) and Nick Cheung whose directorial effort Keeper of Darkness garnered six nominations in total. For Best Actress, newcomer Jessie Li will be competing against five-time nominee Tang Wei (A Tale of Three Cities), two-time winner Sylvia Chang (Office), one-time winner Miriam Yeung (Little Big Master) and six-time nominee Karena Lam (Heaven in the Dark), who was recently crowned Best Actress at the Golden Horse Awards. Derek Yee (I Am Somebody) joins Philip Yung, Tsui Hark, Wilson Yip and Adrian Kwan in the Best Director race.

Action star Max Zhang, who won Best Supporting Actor in 2014 for The Grandmaster, scores double nominations this year for SPL 2: A Time of Consequences and Ip Man 3. Louis Cheung (Keeper of Darkness) and Andrew Lam (Full Strike) round out the Supporting Actor nominations. For Best Supporting Actress, Elaine Jin is joined by Qin Hailu (A Tale of Three Cities), Anna Ng (Little Big Master), Janice Man (Helios) and Angelica Lee (Murmur of the Hearts).

The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards will be held on April 3, 2016.

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EXO & Big Bang win Grand Prizes at 30th Golden Disc Awards

  January 22, 2016  
The 30th Golden Disc Awards, which recognizes the best physical and digital K-pop releases of 2015, were held on January 20 and 21 in Seoul. Per tradition, the award show was split over two days, with the first day dedicated to digital releases and the second day to physical releases. EXO won the Album Grand Prize for the third consecutive year with their second album Exodus and Big Bang won the Digital Grand Prize.

APink, BEAST, BTS, CNBLUE, EXO, SHINee, f(x), Jong Hyun, Super Junior and VIXX all received Album Awards, while Digital Album Awards went to AOA, Big Bang, EXID, Girls' Generation, Kyu Hyun, Park Jin Young, Red Velvet, Sistar, Tae Yeon and Zion.T. Big Bang and Tae Yeon were named the Best Male and Female Artists, Jung Yong Hwa the Best Vocal Solo Artist, and BTOB the Best Vocal Group. SHINee and EXO also picked up Golden Disc Popularity Awards

In the genre categories, San E was awarded for Best R&B/Hip-Hop and Hyuoh for Best Rock Band. For rookies, iKON, GFriend, Seventeen and Twice won the New Artist Awards and Monsta X received a Next Generation Award.

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Ryoo Seung Wan's new film to star Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub & Song Joong Ki

  January 20, 2016  
Following the blockbuster success of the 2015 crime action film Veteran, director Ryoo Seung Wan's next project will be the period film Battleship Island which takes on the dark history of Hashima Island, a once industrialized island off the coast of Nagasaki that housed forced labor camps during and before World War II. The A-list lineup of Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub and Song Joong Ki has been cast in the leading roles.

Set during the Japanese occupation period, Battleship Island will tell the story of 400 Korean coal workers imprisoned on Hashima and their attempt to escape the island. Teaming up again with Ryoo after Veteran, Hwang Jung Min plays a hotel bandmaster who decides to go to Japan in hopes of keeping his daughter safe, but gets tricked and ends up at Hashima Island. So Ji Sub plays a top streetfighter whose short temper frequently raises trouble on Hashima. Song Joong Ki, in his first film role since completing his military service, plays a freedom fighter who infiltrates Hashima in order to find fellow resistance fighters.

Battleship Island is slated for an early 2017 release.

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Port of Call wins Best Film at 22nd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

  January 20, 2016  
The Hong Kong Film Critics Society announced the winners of the 22nd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards on January 18. Philip Yung's crime thriller Port of Call was named the Best Film of 2015, and its newcomer stars Michael Ning and Jessie Li edged out more experienced contenders to win Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.

Veteran filmmaker Tsui Hark won Best Director for the first time for the period action adventure Taking of Tiger Mountain, while Sylvia Chang's drama Murmur of the Hearts was recognized for Best Screenplay.

Besides Port of Call, seven other films were shortlisted as Recommended Films by the HKFCS: The Taking of Tiger Mountain, Murmur of the Hearts, indie omnibus Ten Years, action thriller SPL 2: A Time For Consequences, Johnnie To's workplace musical Office, Nick Cheung's sophomore horror Keeper of Darkness and Adam Wong's nostalgic drama She Remembers, He Forgets.

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TVB series Line Walker to be adapted into film

  January 14, 2016  
The hit Hong Kong police series Line Walker is getting a feature film version directed by the series' producer Jazz Boon. Veteran filmmaker Wong Jing will serve as the producer, and Chin Kar Lok as the action director. Reprising her role as an undercover officer, leading actress Charmain Sheh will be joined by Louis Koo, Nick Cheung and Francis Ng. The series' original stars Raymond Lam and Hui Siu Hung, however, will not be appearing in the film.

One of TVB's biggest productions of 2014, Line Walker revolved around five undercover cops and their dealings with triads, the drug trade and corruption. A hit with audiences, the series was the big winner of TVB's 2014 TV Awards Presentation, netting Best Drama, Best Actress and My Favorite Female Television Character for Charmaine Sheh, and My Favorite Male Television Character for Hui Siu Hung. The film version of Line Walker will continue the battle between good and evil, and explore the ambiguous roles and loyalties of undercover officers.

Slated for a 2016 release, Line Walker the movie will begin shooting in Brazil in February.

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Lord of Shanghai wins Best Drama at 2015 TVB Anniversary Awards

  December 14, 2015  
TVB, Hong Kong's leading broadcaster, held their annual TV Awards Presentation (TVB Anniversary Awards) on December 13. Anniversary drama Lord of Shanghai won Best Drama and leading star Anthony Wong clinched Best Actor for his TVB comeback role as Shanghai tycoon Kiu Ngo Tin, making him the first Hong Kong actor to win the top acting prizes in theater, television and film.

Nancy Wu beat out Ghost of Relativity co-star Kristal Tin to win Best Actress for the first time in her 16-year career. Tin, however, did win My Favorite Female Television Character for her role as Suen Shuk Mui. My Favorite Male Television Character went to pirate drama Captain of Destiny's Ruco Chan, who had already won Best Actor prizes in Singapore and Malaysia for his role as Prince Man Ho.

Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress were awarded to Captain of Destiny's Elaine Yao and Lord of Shanghai's Wai Kai Hung, while Captain of Destiny's Tony Hung and Grace Chan won Most Improved Actor and Actress. Jinny Ng won Most Popular Drama Theme Song for the second year in a row with her The Empress of China ending theme "Secret of the Tears." In the variety categories DoDo Goes Shopping won for Best Variety Program and Big Big World 2 for Best Infotainment Program. Sunday Songbird hosts Liza Wang, Adam Cheng and Jerry Lamb were named the Best Television Presenters.

This year, TVB added an award for Most Popular Classic Drama which went to The Greed of Man, the 1992 financial crime thriller starring Adam Cheng that generated high ratings and buzz during its late-night rerun earlier in the year. Veteran host and funnyman Nat Chan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Big Bang and EXO take top prizes at 2015 MAMA

  December 3, 2015  
The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), one of the biggest events in K-pop, was held in Hong Kong on December 3. Big Bang walked away with two of the grand prizes of the night, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (Bang Bang Bang), as well as Best Music Video (Bae Bae) and Worldwide Favorite Artist. EXO won Album of the Year for the third consecutive year, as well as Best Male Group for the second consecutive year and the special Global Fans Choice award.

Girls' Generation reclaimed the Best Female Group award and leader Tae Yeon won Best Female Artist for her solo debut effort. Veteran Park Jin Young fended off younger contenders to win Best Male Artist. He also won a Best Producer award in the Professional Awards category, and his new girl group Twice snagged Best New Female Artist. Meanwhile, YG Entertainment's hot-topic boy band iKON won Best New Male Artist.

Ailee won Best Vocal Performance Female for the third consecutive year with "Mind Your Own Business" while Zion. T won Best Vocal Performance Male with "Eat." The breakout R&B artist also received the Best Collaboration & Unit prize for his collaboration track "Just" with Crush. For Best Dance Performance, HyunA ("Roll Deep), Red Velvet (Ice Cream Cake) and SHINee (View) won in the Solo, Female Group and Male Group categories, respectively. San E won for Best Rap Performance (Me You), and CNBLUE for Best Band Performance (Cinderella). BTS received the 2015 MAMA World Performer award and f(x), the Global Fans Choice for Female Artists.

The Worldwide Inspiration Award was specially given to British electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys, who performed a special stage with f(x). Per tradition, MAMA also gave Best Asian Artist awards to acts around Asia including Potato (Thailand), Dong Nhi (Vietnam), Ran (Indonesia), Stefanie Sun (Singapore), AKB48 (Japan) and Taiwan diva Jolin Tsai, who also performed on the show. Besides the nominated artists, other performers of the night included 2NE1, Superstar K7 winner Kevin Oh, rappers Basick, Lil Boi, Yezi, Truedy and Jessi from Mnet's Unpretty Rapstar and Show Me the Money programs, and PSY who also served as the host of the show.

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Yoo Ah In and Lee Jung Hyun win at 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards

  November 27, 2015  
Korea's 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards were held in Seoul on November 26. Choi Dong Hoon's blockbuster period thriller Assassination, which had led with 12 nominations, took home only the top prize of Best Film, while Ryoo Seung Wan won Best Director for his crime actioner Veteran.

Yoo Ah In beat out co-star Song Kang Ho to win his first Best Actor prize for his performance as the tragic Crown Prince Sado in Lee Joon Ik's The Throne. The historical drama also won Best Supporting Actress for Jeon Hye Jin and bagged technical prizes for Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Technical Award. Singer-turned-actress Lee Jung Hyun triumphed over Jeon Ji Hyun, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Hye Su and Han Hyo Ju and tearfully accepted the Best Actress prize for her dark turn in the indie drama Alice in Earnestland.

Oh Dal Soo followed the Daejong Film Awards with another Supporting Actor trophy for his performance in Yoon Je Kyun's blockbuster melodrama Ode to My Father, which was also recognized for Best Art Direction. Best Screenplay went to the legal drama The Unfair, and Best Editing to The Beauty Inside.

Indie drama Set Me Free scored double wins for Best New Director Kim Tae Yong and Best New Actor Choi Woo Sik, who came out on top in a star-studded category that included Lee Min Ho, Park Seo Joon, Kang Ha Neul and Byun Yo Han. Lee Young Young won Best New Actress for her performance in the period thriller The Treacherous. Lee Min Ho, Park Bo Young, Park Seo Joon and AOA's Kim Seol Hyun received the Popularity Awards.

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52nd Golden Horse Award Winners

  November 25, 2015  
After a hard-fought night on November 21, the full list of winners of Taiwan's 52nd Golden Horse Awards were revealed. Nominated for 11 awards, Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Assassin lived up to its accolades and became the night's big winner with awards for Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Sound Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup & Costume Design.

The Assassin's leading lady Shu Qi lost out on Best Actress to Karena Lam for Zinnia Flower, with the film being the actress's first after a long hiatus. This was Lam's first Golden Horse Award since winning both Best New Performer and Best Supporting Actress for July Rhapsody 13 years ago. With this win, Lam also became the first actress in Golden Horse history to achieve the trifecta of Best New Performer, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress. Director-turned-actor Feng Xiaogang emerged as the dark horse of the Best Actor category, defeating two-time Best Actor Award winner Aaron Kwok (Port of Call) and Deng Chao (The Dead End) with his role as an aging gangster in Mr. Six.

Chang Tso Chi's Thanatos, Drunk also had a big night, winning Best Original Music, Best Film Editing, Best New Performer (Hong Chi Lee) and Best Supporting Actress (Lu Xuefeng). Best Original Screenplay went to Mainland director Jia Zhangke for Mountains May Depart, Best Adapted Screenplay to Pema Tseden for Tharlo, Best Supporting Actor to Michael Ning for Port of Call and Best New Director to Bi Gan for Kaili Blues.

Other notable winners include Johnnie To's Office in Best Art Direction and Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain in Best Visual Effects. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award went to actress and singer Li Li Hua, who received her trophy from her Qin Xianglian co-star Jackie Chan.

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Ode to My Father sweeps 52nd Daejong Film Awards

  November 23, 2015  
Yoon Je Kyun's epic melodrama Ode To My Father swept the 52nd Daejong Film Awards, held in Seoul on November 20. The sentimental blockbuster about a man's struggles to support his family over five decades won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Hwang Jung Min and Best Supporting Actor for Oh Dal Soo, as well as Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Planning, Best Editing, Best Sound and High Technology Special Award.

Jeon Ji Hyun, who could not attend due to her pregnancy, won Best Actress for her role as a sharp-shooting freedom fighter in Choi Dong Hoon's period thriller Assassination, while veteran Kim Hae Suk won Best Supporting Actress for the historical drama The Throne. Both actress awards represented the sole wins for their respective films, which had entered the race as among the leading contenders. Ryoo Seung Wan's action thriller Veteran was completely shut out.

Television superstar Lee Min Ho picked up Best New Actor for his first leading film Gangnam Blues. Late Spring's Lee Yoo Young was named Best New Actress and Baek Jong Yeol, Best New Director for The Beauty Inside. The Royal Tailor (Best Costume Design and Art Direction), The Tenor Lirico Spinto (Best Music) and The Silenced (Best Lighting) received technical awards.

Kim Soo Hyun and Kong Hyo Jin, who recently co-starred in the TV drama Producers, won the Popularity Awards, though neither had films in the past year. Chinese stars Gao Yuanyaun and Sun Honglei received special awards for Best Foreign Actors. Director Chung Chang Hwa and veteran actor Yoon Il Bong were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

This year's Daejong Film Awards was noticeably lacking in stars and riddled with controversy. The awards organizer came under fire after earlier stating that only those who attended the ceremony would be able to win, but later retracted the decision when all the Best Actor and Actress nominees announced they could not attend.

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Arimura Kasumi and Kora Kengo star in Fuji TV getsuku drama

  November 20, 2015  
Arimura Kasumi (Yokoso, Wagaya e) will be taking on a getsuku drama for the third time in Itsuka kono Koi wo Omidashite Kitto Naiteshimau. This time, she'll be partnered with Kora Kengo (Hana Moyu) in a story written by Sakamoto Yuji, the screenwriter of the legendary 1991 drama Tokyo Love Story and more recently, hit titles Mother, Matrimonial Chaos and Woman.

The drama follows six young adults who leave their hometowns to try to make their lives in Tokyo. Among them are Sugihara On (Arimura Kasumi) and Soda Neri (Kora Kengo). On has lived in Hokkaido with her adoptive parents since her mother died. Despite a tumultuous childhood, she maintains an optimistic outlook on life, a trait that is severely challenged when her indebted parents reveal their plan to marry her off to a man 20 years her senior. Neri is a working-class boy from Fukushima. He's lived with his grandfather all his life and wants nothing more than to buy a piece of land for both of them to farm and live on. After On and Neri meet by chance in Hokkaido, they each decide to go to Tokyo to pursue their dreams. As they try to get their bearings in the big city, they start to grow closer and closer.

To be directed by Namiki Michiko (Matrimonial Chaos), the drama will begin filming in November and air in January 2016.

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Kiritani Mirei takes on lead role in Sumika Sumire drama

  November 20, 2015  
Kiritani Mirei (Hell Teacher Nube) has been cast as the main character in the drama adaptation of the shojo manga series Sumika Sumire. Written and illustrated by Takanashi Mitsuba, Sumika Sumire has been serialized in Shueisha's Cocohana since 2013.

Born into a strict family of flower growers, Kasaragi Sumi has never been allowed to make friends, and has spent her entire life taking care of her grandmother, father and mother. Before she knows it, she's turned 65, and still has never known love. One day, the cat demon Rei appears in front of her and grants her a wish. After telling Rei that she wants to experience life as a young woman, her body reverts back to that of her 20-year-old self, allowing her to start her life anew as a modern college student.

To be written by Furuya Kazinao (Ouroboros) and directed by Imai Kazuhisa (Team Batista series), Sumika Sumire will air on Asahi TV starting January 2016.

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Japanese adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go announces cast

  November 20, 2015  
Ayase Haruka (Kyo wa Kaisha Yasumimasu), Miura Haruma (Last Cinderella) and Mizukawa Asami (Shitsuren Chocolatier) will be taking on the lead roles in the TV drama adaptation of Never Let Me Go, the 2005 science fiction novel by British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro. The hugely acclaimed novel was nominated for and won multiple awards, with Time magazine not only naming it the best novel of 2005, but also one of the "Time 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005." In 2010, the title was adapted by American director Mark Romanek into a film starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

When Hoshina Kyoko, a student at a secluded boarding school, witnesses her classmate Doi Tomohiko being bullied, she steps forward to help, despite fellow student Sakai Miwa's warning for her to stay out of the conflict. After this episode, the three begin to develop a close friendship, one that remains strong when they enter adulthood. However, the now grown-up trio find their relationship growing increasingly complicated when both Kyoko (Ayase Haruka) and Miwa (Mizukawa Asami) develop feelings for Tomohiko (Miura Haruma). All the while, the anticipation of their looming "destiny" weighs heavily on their minds.

Never Let Me Go will be scripted by Morishita Keiko (The Emperor's Cook) and will begin filming in December. The drama is set to air on TBS in January 2016.

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Assassination leads 2015 Blue Dragon Film Award nominations

  November 11, 2015  
Nominations for Korea's 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards were announced on November 10. Choi Dong Hoon's period espionage thriller Assassination leads the race with 12 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Lee Jung Jae), Best Actress (Jeon Ji Hyun) and Best Supporting Actor (Jo Jin Woong).

Ryoo Seung Wan's crime thriller Veteran and Lee Joon Ik's royal saga The Throne follow closely behind with ten nominations each, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Veteran received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for Hwang Jung Min and Yu Hae Jin, while The Throne scored double Best Actor nominations for leads Song Kang Ho and Yoo Ah In. Yoon Je Kyun's sentimental blockbuster Ode to My Father and Kwak Kyung Taek's crime mystery The Classified File round out the nominations for Best Film and Best Director, and Jung Jae Young takes the final spot in the Best Actor shortlist for his performance in Hong Sang Soo's Right Now, Wrong Then.

Jeon Ji Hyun is joined by Kim Hye Su (Coin Locker Girl), Lee Jung Hyun (Alice in Earnestland), Jeon Do Yeon (Shameless) and Han Hyo Ju (The Beauty Inside) in the Best Actress race. For Best Supporting Actor, besides Jo Jin Woong and Yu Hae Jin, Bae Sung Soo (Office), Oh Dal Soo (Ode to My Father) and Lee Kyung Young (The Unfair) are also nominated while Best Supporting Actress nods go to Ra Mi Ran (Ode to My Father), Moon Jung Hee (Cart), Jang Young Nam (The Classified File), Jeon Hye Jin (The Throne) and Jin Kyung (Veteran).

The Best New Actor race is sure to draw eyes with Korean Wave superstar Lee Min Ho (Gangnam Blues) and four popular up-and-coming actors – Kang Ha Neul (Twenty), Park Seo Joon (Chronicles of Evil), Byun Yo Han (Socialphobia) and Choi Woo Sik (Set Me Free) – in the running. AOA's Kim Seol Hyun (Gangnam Blues), Lee Yoo Bi (Twenty), Kwon So Hyun (Madonna), Park So Dam (The Silenced) and Lee Yoo Young (The Treacherous) are nominated for Best New Actress, and Kim Sung Je (The Unfair), Kim Tae Yong (Set Me Free), Lee Byeong Hun (Twenty), Han Jun Hee (Coin Locker Girl) and Hong Seok Jae (Socialphobia) are nominated for Best New Director.

The 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards will be held on November 26 in Seoul.

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2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards Nominations

  November 2, 2015  
Nominations for the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) were announced on October 30.

Last year's Best Male Group winner EXO will face off against Big Bang, SHINee, Super Junior, Shinhwa and first-time nominee BTS. Sistar, who has won Best Female Group twice in the last year three years, will seek to hold onto the title against Girls' Generation, AOA, Apink, Wonder Girls and miss A. For Best Male Artist, idol soloists Kyu Hyun, Jung Yong Hwa and Jong Hyun compete with R&B singer Zion.T and veteran Park Jin Young, while BoA, Ailee, Tae Yeon, HyunA and IU, last year's winner, are up for Best Female Artist. Rookie idol groups dominate the Best New Male and Female Artist categories which feature the shortlist of iKON, N.Flying, Monsta X, Seventeen,Up10tion, CLC, Twice, Lovelyz, GFriend and Oh My Girl.

In the Best Vocal Performance categories, SG Wannabe ("Love You"), Zion.T ("Eat"), Kyu Hyun ("At Gwanghwamun"), Lim Chang Jung ("Love Again") and Huh Gak ("Snow of April") are nominated for Male Artists, while Davichi ("Cry Again"), Mamamoo (Um Oh Ah Yeh), Baek A Yeon ("Shouldn't Have"), Ailee ("Mind Your Own Business") and Tae Yeon (I) are nominated for Female Artists. Best Dance Performance is divided into three categories for Male Group (Big Bang's Bang Bang Bang, EXO's Call Me Baby, Got7's "If You Do," VIXX's "Love Equation," SHINee's "View" and Infinite's Bad), Female Group (AOA's "Heart Attack," EXID's Ah Yeah, Girl's Day's "Ring My Bell," Red Velvet's Ice Cream Cake, Sistar's Shake It and 4Minute's "Crazy") and Solo (Gain's Paradise Lost, Niel's "Lovekiller," Park Jin Young's "Who's Your Mama," Amber's Shake That Brass and HyunA's "Roll Deep").

For Best Band Performance, the nominees are CNBLUE (Cinderella), FTIsland (Pray), Nell ("Green Nocturne"), JJY Band (OMG) and this year's indie breakout Hyukoh ("Comes and Goes"). For Best Rap Performance, the nods go to Gary (Get Some Air), Dok2 (I Will), Mad Clown ("Fire"), Jay Park (Mommae) and San E (Me You). Zion. T and Crush, Block B's Bastarz, VIXX LR, So You and Kwon Jeong Yeol, and Infinite H are nominated for Best Collaboration and Unit. Lastly, Big Bang's Bae Bae, f(x)'s 4 Walls, SHINee's Married to the Music, Wonder Girls' I Feel You and Infinite's Bad are nominated for Best Music Video.

One of K-pop's major year-end music award shows, MAMA will be held in Hong Kong for the fourth consecutive year at the AsiaWorld-Expo on December 2.

For more information and online voting, refer to MAMA's official site: http://mama.interest.me.

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