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Strait-laced fest

Bureau apparently upset over new Formosan Award

There’s no love lost on either side of the Taiwan Strait. Or is that the Formosa Strait?

Chinese film “The Go Master” is being withdrawn from the Golden Horse Awards, the longstanding kudofest for ethnically Chinese movies held in Taiwan this month.

Pic, by veteran helmer Tian Zhuangzhuang, landed four noms, but China’s Film Bureau is nixing the entry.

The bureau apparently is concerned about the impression conveyed by the Golden Horse Fest’s creation of a Formosan Award — a new category just for Taiwanese movies.

Formosa is the old Portuguese name for Taiwan, and use of the term is being read on the mainland as the latest sign of the growing Taiwanese independence movement. While Taiwan thinks of itself as a state, China regards it as a rebel province.

“Go Master” joins “Isabella,” a Hong Kong-China co-prod that was withdrawn by its Chinese producer, and two other mainland films that conveniently managed not to send 35mm prints.

Ironically, “Go Master” is a tale of tolerance — about a Chinese man who found success in another of China’s rival nations, Japan. It stars Taiwanese actor Chang Chen.

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