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The Great Buddha+ wins Hong Kong Film Award
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Taipei, April 16 (CNA) The Great Buddha+, a Taiwanese dark comedy, won Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday.

Other films nominated in the category were Taiwanese film The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful, as well as three films from mainland China -- Youth, Duckweed and Wolf Warrior II.

Great Buddha+ was written and directed by Huang Hsin-yao in his directorial debut. The movie also won top prize at the 19th Taipei Film Festival in July 2017 and received 10 nominations at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in November 2017, winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best New Director for Huang. It was released in Taiwan's theaters in October.

At the awards presentation ceremony Sunday, Huang expressed gratitude that the film has been shown in Hong Kong, while Bamboo Chen, who plays one of the main characters in the film, said "thank you everyone" in Cantonese.