Crime drama 'The Victims' Game' heads Asia Contents Awards

10/11/2020 02:07 PM
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Joseph Chang (left) in "The Victims
Joseph Chang (left) in "The Victims' Game." Photo courtesy of Netflix

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Taiwanese Netflix crime series "The Victims' Game" was one of the leading entries at the 2020 Asia Contents Awards this week with five nominations, including Best Creative category.

The Asia Contents Awards, which recognizes outstanding television series in the TV industry from across Asia, was launched in 2019 by South Korea's Busan International Film Festival and the Asian Contents and Film Market. The nominees were announced Thursday.

"The Victim's Game" revolves around a forensic scientist with Asperger's syndrome who risks everything to solve a series of mysterious murders after he discovers a link with his estranged daughter.

In addition to the Best Creative category, Joseph Chang (張孝全) and Moon Lee (李沐) were nominated for Best Actor and Best Newcomer Actress, respectively, for their roles in the series.

The nomination may be Lee's second Best Newcomer for her role in the series after clinching the award at the 55th Golden Bell Awards -- the Taiwanese version of Emmys -- in Taipei last month.

Chang will also be seeking to clinch the second Best Leading Actor award of his career after he won Leading Actor at the 14th Taipei Film Festival in 2012.

Liang Shu-ting (梁舒婷) and Hsu Ruei-liang (徐瑞良) each picked up a nomination for Best Writer for the series, while "The Victims' Game" also picked up a nod for cinematography in the Technical Achievement Award category.

"The Victims' Game" chief producer Tang Sheng-jung (湯昇榮) said there were many qualities of the series, such as its content and acting, that were recognized by the jury but that they were up against many excellent works from other countries.

"In particular, there were no shortage of well-known South Korean, Japanese and Chinese dramas among the entries, which really encouraged the team a lot," Tang said.

Due to its success, he hopes to expand "The Victims' Game" into a movie version and a second TV season, Tang added.

Another entry that also led with five nominations at the awards was Chinese web TV series "The Bad Kids."

Other nominations also include South Korean TV thriller and drama "Kingdom" season two, which received four nominations and tells the story of a crown prince who tries to save his kingdom against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

The 2020 Asia Contents Awards received 75 submissions from 17 countries this year, with a shortlist of 28 works from 12 countries vying for seven award categories.

The awards will be broadcast online Oct. 25 rather than with a live audience because of the ongoing efforts to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

(By William Yen)

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