‘Seediq Bale’ leads Horse race

Taiwan's Oscar entry nabs 11 noms

BEIJING — Taiwan’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar, “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” has received more nominations than any other movie in the biggest Chinese-language kudofest, the Golden Horse Film Festival.

Wei Te-sheng’s $24 million pic, the most expensive film in Taiwan’s history, portrays the Wushe Incident, a 1930 uprising by aboriginal Seediq warriors against the Japanese when Taiwan was colonized. It received 11 nominations for the Taiwanese awards, which will be held in Taiwan’s Hsinchu City on Nov. 26.

The two-parter will face stiff competish from across the Strait of Taiwan. Mainland helmer Jiang Wen’s B.O. success “Let the Bullets Fly,” which received nine nominations, was China’s highest grossing pic last year. Zhang Meng’s “The Piano in a Factory” has seven nominations.

Other movies lined up in the best feature film category include Ann Hui’s “A Simple Life,” which will be Hong Kong’s foreign-language entry, and Taiwanese helmer Teng Yung-hsing’s “Return Ticket.”

The four and a half hour “Seediq Bale” was also nominated for a Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival this year, where it caused controversy when Taiwan objected to fest organizers designating it as a Chinese co-production and demanded a correction to reflect the film’s provenance as the self-ruled island.

A total of 161 films will take part in the 48th annual awards, which were founded in 1962 and are generally considered the top awards for Chinese-language films in Asia, attracting interest from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Films from Mainland China were first permitted to take part during the 1990s.

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