HONG KONG — Honors at Saturday’s running of the Golden Horse Awards, the biggest annual kudofest for Chinese-language movies, were split between “The Warlords” and Taiwanese hit “Cape No. 7.” The top prizes went with “Warlords,” but “Cape” collected more silverware.
“Warlords,” which received 12 nominations, took home three prizes: the feature film nod, director for helmer Peter Chan Ho-sun and visual effects.
With the ceremony held in Taichung, Taiwan, “Cape” was a popular choice and collected five awards: supporting actor, film score, song, Taiwanese film and the Taiwanese filmmaker nod for its director, Wei Te-sheng.
The rest of the awards went to a distinctly varied selection of films. Hong Kong thesp Prudence Lau was named leading actress for her portrayal of a down-and-out prostitute in “True Women for Sale,” while Mainland Chinese actor Zhang Han-yu won for his turn in Chinese civil war actioner “Assembly.”
Overall, Chinese-language films from across Asia were well represented at the ceremony, with films from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Singapore receiving nominations. But the night had the feel of a celebration of Taiwanese cinema, with favorite son Ang Lee and retired Taiwanese superstar Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia making a rare appearance to present both Taiwanese awards and to tubthump the triumph of “Cape.”
The phenomenal success of the film, which has so far taken NT$460 million ($13.7 million) at the local box office, gave rise to a recurring joke during the ceremony, which showed video clips of Taiwanese film luminaries pitching mock copycat films to the government’s film funding board.