Singapore’s Last Madame wins Best Asian Drama award at Asia Contents Awards

Teng Yong Ping
·Lifestyle Editor
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Joanne Peh and Jeff Chou in Mediacorp's M18 drama series "The Last Madame". (Photo: Mediacorp)
Joanne Peh and Jeff Chou in drama series Last Madame. (Photo: Mediacorp)

SINGAPORE — Singaporean period drama Last Madame won the Best Asian Drama category at the Asia Contents Awards (ACA) announced on Sunday (25 October).

The 12-episode TV series, made by Ochre Pictures for Mediacorp’s streaming platform Toggle, shared the award together with South Korean drama When The Camellia Blooms.

Last Madame star Joanne Peh shared the good news on her Instagram, saying, “We won we won – Last Madame is Best Asian Drama at Asia Contents Awards!! It’s been a year and I’m most grateful for having met and worked with the wonderful cast and dedicated crew of Last Madame.”

The actress also told Yahoo Lifestyle SEA, “A show's success doesn't hinge on one person or one scene. It's always the sum of all.”

You can read our review of Last Madame here.

The Asian Contents Awards, held as part of the Asian Contents and Film Market (ACFM), announced more than one winner for several categories at the awards, which were announced via a YouTube livestream.

ACFM, a film market for TV and OTT productions, was organised in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival and Asian Projects Market, a film market for feature films. The events were mostly held online with limited physical gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the second year of the Asian Contents Awards, which received 75 entries in total from 17 countries for 11 categories.

Last Madame’s win is pretty surprising as it went against big-budget productions such as South Korean dramas Crash Landing On You and Kingdom.

The remaining nominees in the Best Asian Drama category are Taiwan’s Someday Or One Day, China’s The Bad Kids, and South Korea’s Hyena.

The Best Creative award, given to producers who have delivered the most notable achievement in the Asian region, was shared by iQiyi’s The Bad Kids and JTBC Studios’ The World Of The Married.

Other winners included Kim Hee-ae (The World Of The Married) and Kuroki Haru (Nagi’s Long Vacation) for Best Actress, and Joseph Chang (The Victims’ Game) and Ju Ji-hoon (Kingdom) for Best Actor.

Read our review of Last Madame:

Joanne Peh's Last Madame is an edgy local drama with underwritten characters