‘Love’ takes top honors in Taiwan

Family drama wins best film at Chinese kudofest

(See full list of winners below)

Taiwanese family drama “When Love Comes” won the best film award Saturday at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the biggest Chinese-language kudofest.

The low-budget pic about the lives of four women, by Taiwanese helmer Chang Tso-chi, beat out Hong Kong’s martial arts epic “Bodyguards and Assassins” and China’s “Judge” to clinch the top award at the 47th awards.

The top helmer prize went to Taiwan’s Chung Mong-hong for “The Fourth Portrait,” about a child who uses paintings to express his inner world. Pic also drew Hao Lei the supporting actress nod.

Taiwanese pop idol Ethan Juan took the actor trophy for his role in the gangster movie “Monga,” which will be Taiwan’s entry in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars.

The top actress award went to China’s Lu Liping for her role as a tough working-class mother in “City Monkey.”

The Teddy Chen-helmed “Bodyguards and Assassins” was nominated in nine categories and ended up winning for makeup and costume design.

The Golden Horse awards take place in self-ruled Taiwan. Jury is made up of Taiwanese, mainland Chinese and Hong Kong judges who weigh Chinese-language films from Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China, including Hong Kong and Macau. Films from Mainland China were first permitted to take part during the 1990s.

And the winners are:

Film: “When Love Comes”

Director: Chung Mong-hong, “The Fourth Portrait”

Actor: Ethan Juan, “Monga”

Actress: Lu Liping, “City Monkey”

Supporting Actor: Wu Peng-fon, “Seven Days in Heaven”

Supporting Actress: Hao Lei, “The Fourth Portrait”

Documentary: “Hip-Hop Storm”

Editing: “Spring Fever”

Original screen play: Liu Jie, Gao Shan, “Judge”

Screenplay Adaptation: Essay Liu, “Seven Days in Heaven”

New Performer: Lee Chien-na, “Juliets”

Cinematography: “When Love Comes”

New Director: Ho Win Ding, “Pinoy Sunday”

Short Film: Patrick Tu, “Magabahai”

Visual Effects: Xiang Yu Nan, Yong-Gi Lee, “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”

Sound Effects: Duu-Chih Tu, “Monga”

Lifetime Achievement: Hsu Li-Kong

Special Contribution: Sun Yueh

Action Choreography: Sammo Hung, “Ip Man 2

Art Direction: Peng Weimin, “When Love Comes”

Makeup and Costume Design: Dora Ng, “Bodyguards and Assassins”

Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year: “The Fourth Portrait”

Outstanding Taiwanese Film-maker of the Year: Lee Lieh, “Monga”

Original Film Score: Peyman Yazdanian, “Spring Fever”

Original Film Song: “Taipei Exchanges”

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