Hong Kong pix ride off with 14 Golden Horses

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hong Kong movies carried off the top prizes at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards ceremony this year, taking 14 out of 22 nods.

The territory scooped up honors including best film, best director, best actor and best actress at the awards ceremony on Saturday night.

The presentation came at the end of the Golden Horse film festival, held annually since 1963, which showcases Chinese-language films, mainly from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The award for best film went to “Comrades — Almost a Love Story,” the tale of a strong-willed woman from China who yearns for success in Hong Kong.

Maggie Cheung in the lead role bagged her fourth Golden Horse for best actress since 1989. Hong Kong Cantonese opera star Tse Kwan-ho won best actor for his role as an opera master in “The Mad Phoenix.”

The director nod went to Chan Kou for “Made in Hong Kong,” the story of young outcasts coming to grips with a rapidly changing environment.

Celebrities on hand included actress Sigourney Weaver and filmmakers Ang Lee and Jessica Yu, organizers said.

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