Louis Koo has finally won his very first best actor award after 25 years of making movies. And it was at the 12th Asian Film Awards, held at The Venetian Macao in Macau on March 17.
“I’ve appeared in over 200 movies, and this is the first time I’ve won an award,” Koo said, while accepting his award.
As one of the most prolific and highest-earning film actors in Hong Kong, Koo is rarely considered a film award contender and has garnered fewer than 10 nominations over the years.
The popular Hong Kong actor nabbed the award for his role as a cop seeking vengeance for his missing daughter in action flick Paradox (2017), which is the third instalment of the SPL: Sha Po Lang franchise.
Koo, 47, beat South Korea’s Kim Yoon-seok (1987: When The Day Comes), Thailand’s Sukollawat Kanarot (Malila: The Farewell Flower), India’s Rajkummar Rao (Newton), and China’s Duan Yihong (The Looming Storm) to nab the much-coveted acting prize.
The famously-reticent heartthrob is the second Hong Kong actor to win the award. The first was Hong Kong’s most-decorated film actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who won in 2008 for his role as a special agent in the spy thriller Lust, Caution.
The ferociously action-packed Paradox, which was directed by Wilson Yip with action direction by Sammo Hung, also won for Best Action film.
Meanwhile, Koo is also in the running for best actor for his Paradox role at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards, which will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Kowloon on April 15. He will be up against Ronald Cheng (Concerto Of The Bully), Andy Lau (Shock Wave), Tian Zhuang zhuang (Love Education), and Ling Man-lung (Tomorrow Is Another Day).
Koo’s next big cinema project will be the sci-fi epic Warriors Of Future. He will produce and star in the Hong Kong-China co-production about a meteorite crashing on an Earth bringing with it a fast-growing alien lifeform.