China and South Korea blitzed the Asian Film Awards this year, dominating top honours including best picture, best actor and best actress at the ceremony in Hong Kong on Monday, with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan getting the lifetime achievement award.
Mother, a South Korean mystery thriller about a woman's quest to prove the innocence of her mentally incapacitated son by taking it upon herself to investigate the murder of a teenage girl, grabbed the best film award.
Kim Hye-ja, who played the mother, beat China's Li Bingbing and Japan's Matsu Takako to the best actress award.
Chinese director Lu Chuan won the best director award for his feature film City of Life and Death, which tackles the Nanjing Massacre in 1937, where hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians were killed by Japanese soldiers.
Lu said the biggest challenge in making the film was to conquer his fear of death.
"I was really afraid of dying. But I had to learn to face death and tried to express it every day during the production period."
Wang Xueqi from mainland China won the best actor award for starring in Bodyguards and Assassins as a businessman who provided financial aid for the revolutionary movement led by Sun Yat-sen, Father of China, in the early 20th century.
"Raise the Red Lantern" director Zhang Yimou won the prize for outstanding contribution to Asian cinema.
The prize for top-grossing film director for 2009 went to action supremo John Woo for Red Cliff, which is also reportedly the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Chinese film history.
Woo, originally from Hong Kong, is best known for directing Hollywood blockbuster Mission: Impossible II.
Veteran film producer and actor Amitabh Bachchan, dubbed the "Godfather of Bollywood", was given the lifetime achievement award.
"In a world that is fast disintegrating, I believe cinema is one medium that brings all of us together in love, in friendship, and in cooperation," said Bachchan.