Chinese director Lou Ye's psychological drama Mystery was the big winner at the 2013 Asian Film Awards, scoring three top honours.

The movie was named Best Film, while Lou and his colleagues Mei Feng and Yu Gan also took home the Best Screenwriter title, and actress Qi Xi picked up a Best Newcomer trophy.

Best Director was handed to Japan's Takeshi Kitano for his work on crime thriller Outrage Beyond, and veteran Filipino stars Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor claimed the prizes in the leading actor and actress categories for their work in Bwakaw and Thy Womb, respectively.

Meanwhile, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh was feted with the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award for her career achievements at the Hong Kong ceremony, and as she accepted the honour, the 49 year old joked, "I hope it's not their way of telling me that I need to retire."