Directed by Peter Chan and starring Chinese stars ZHAO Wei, HUANG Bo, HAO Lei, TONG Dawei and ZHANG Yi, Dearest was screened in China cinemas just last October. Since December 2014 it has received a number of awards presented by overseas film festivals as well as nominations to competitions. At the 2nd edition of the Chinese International Film Festival London (CIFF) held on 6 December 2014, the film won the Best Film and Best Director awards. Dearest was also one of the three Chinese films among over 50 nominees at the first round nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 72nd Golden Globes Awards. The other two films were ZHANG Yimou's Coming Home and HAN Han's The Continent.
Speaking of winning 2 awards at the Chinese International Film Festival London, director Peter Chan said that he considers them recognition from the audience. He felt fulfilled to have received the honours and that he and his team would be very glad to see Dearest receiving more international recognition in the future. When interviewed by media about his feeling towards the awards, the director expressed gratitude to CIFF London, and gave special thanks to the producer and audience. Some audience found the film's storyline very touching, and some even felt it was telling their story. When Dearest was screened at the festival, audience found the film very realistic. They were interested to learn about the film's preparation and production process. The panel believed Dearest's winning of awards is a sign that the masculine film genres such as heroes, detectives and action films may not be as popular as they were in the past. Instead, films that realistically reflect social issues can better provoke audience interest and curiosity.