Project Gutenberg, the critically acclaimed crime thriller directed by Infernal Affairs scribe Felix Chong, became the second-most-nominated film in the history of the Hong Kong Film Awards with an impressive 17 nominations on Tuesday.
Project Gutenberg achieved a grand slam in the acting categories with five mentions as its stars Zhang Jingchu, Liu Kai Chi and Catherine Chau earned noms in the best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress races, respectively, and the thriller’s leads Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok were pitted against each other in the best actor category.
Helmer and writer Chong, who spent over a decade crafting this throwback to 1980s and 1990s Hong Kong action cinema, has been nominated for best director and best screenplay. The drama, which centers on a band of master counterfeiters’ efforts to forge the 1996 U.S. Dollar banknotes, is also in the running for best film, cinematography, film editing, art direction, costume and makeup design, action choreography, original film score, original film song, sound design, sound effects and visual effects. The Hong Kong Film Awards have 19 categories overall.
The record-holder for most Hong Kong Film Award noms ever is director Teddy Chan’s period drama Bodyguards and Assassins, which notched 18 in 2009 and went on to take home eight honors.