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Martial Arts Comedy Wins At Hong Kong Film Festival

Actress JJ Jia, right, and producer Gordon Lam celebrates after winning the Best Film award for the movie 'Gallants' at the Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong, Sunday, April 17, 2011.

Hong Kong's 30th annual film festival gave its top honor Sunday to a comic action fantasy about an old martial arts master who wakes up from a decades-long coma.

Gallants, a low-budget film that makes a humorous homage to Hong Kong kung-fu movies of the 1970s, won the award for best film. It also won for best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best original film score.

The murder mystery Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, by renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, scooped up six awards - more than any other movie this year. It is based on a novel of the same name by Lin Qianyu.

Carina Lau won the best actress award for her portrayal of the powerful Chinese empress Wu Zetian.

The best actor award went to pop singer Nicholas Tse for his role in the action drama The Stool Pigeon.

Filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung won the award for best screenplay for a romantic film Love In a Puff about fellow smokers who fall in love.

Oscar-winning director of photography Peter Pau won the award for best cinematography for his work in Confucius, about the life of the Chinese philosopher.

The Hong Kong Film Awards, established in 1982, are the Hong Kong equivalent of the awards given by the American and British film academies. Award ceremonies are held every year, usually in April. Winners receive a statuette in the shape of a woman wrapped in a roll of film.