Last night the New York Asian Film Festival closed with Sion Sono’s Be Sure to Share. The jury has already determined their favorite films, though, and I was pleased to see a bunch of my favorites represented. Fish Story got a special award for “Best Pop Culture Rush”, Breathless won Best Debut Feature, and The Clone Returns Home (review soon!) got the award for Best Visual Achievement.

Course the real winners are the folks in NYC who got to see all these amazing films before anyone else. A winner is you!

Here’s the full list of awards- although the audience award has yet to be decided. I’m still pulling for Fish Story. Check back here for more reviews from the fest!

Best Actor Award – Ge You for IF YOU ARE THE ONE

Best Actress Award – Tae Kimura for ALL AROUND US

Best Ensemble Performance Award – ALL AROUND US

Best Debut Feature Award – director Yang Ik-June for BREATHLESS

Best Visual Achievement – THE CLONE RETURNS HOME

Special Award for Best Pop Culture Rush goes to FISH STORY

Special Award for Audacity goes to CRUSH AND BLUSH

And the 2009 Grand Jury Prize goes to Sion Sono’s LOVE EXPOSURE