Beijing Blues

Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards wrapped things up Saturday with China’s “Beijing Blues” winning the Best Feature Film award. The movie, which also won Best Cinematography and Best Editing,  pivots around a plain-clothed police detective who browses and patrols the everyday Beijing. “Every crime, every arrest and every ounce of mercy he can muster, he fights the endless battle with his soul.” 

Gao Qun Shu holding Golden Horse

Director Gao Qun Shu (“The Tokyo Trial”) was apparently overwhelmed by the award telling that he never thought his name would be involved with an award of proportion like Golden Horse’s. (The Golden Horse Award is considered the Chinese cinema’s Oscars.) “I’m just an amateur director,” he tells amiably later in his acceptance speech.

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“Thank you, thank you,” closing it.

Meanwhile, other awards went to a lot of unsurprising names like Johnnie To (he is so hot right now) who brought home the Best Director award for his film “Life Without Principle”, a movie about the lives of ordinary Hong Kong natives who are caught in the fallout of the global economy. Just recently, To and his gritty action film “Drug War” made it to the International Rome Film Festival.

Life Without Principle
Still from the movie “Life Without Principle”

For the same movie, Hong Kong actor Lau Ching Wan earned the Best Actor award looking happy about the recognition “even though you don’t act in order to win an award.”

Taiwan’s Gwei Lun-mei won the Best Actress award for her role in “GF-BF” or “Girlfriend-Boyfriend” as a woman tangled in a romantic triangle.

China’s Liang Jing, meanwhile, took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as a toothy midwife harpy in “Design of Death.”

Best Supporting Actor went to Hong Kong’s Ronald Cheng for his role in “Vulgaria,” a movie about the country’s struggling movie industry.

Alas that “Mystery” wasn’t recognized as was widely anticipated, a movie about a wife’s revenge after learning of her husband’s infidelity, but controversial Chinese director Lou Ye received a rare mention for a different film. Lou’s intriguing works have long focused on rather delicate subject matters like sex, violence and politics, having been constantly turned down by China’s cultural authorities, if not being censored.

Huang Yu-siang, a 25-year-old blind Taiwanese pianist in real life, for his first movie shot in Taiwan’s “Touch of The Light,” received a special award. His movie tells the story of young artists and the pursuit of their dreams.