Doze Niu Chen-zer, the Taiwanese director whose “Paradise in Service” was the opening film of the recent Busan festival, was given a suspended jail sentence for breaking a law that prohibits the entry of Chinese nationals into a Taiwan naval base.
Niu was given a five month prison sentence, suspended for two years. The Kaohsiung District Court also fined him NT$15,000 (US$4,900) and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.
Niu had smuggled Chinese cinematographer Cao Yu into a Kaohsiung naval base during preparations for the shoot of “Paradise.”
He pleaded guilty to the charge but, pleaded poverty and asked not to be fined.
The film has six nominations in the upcoming Golden Horse Awards.