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‘Stonewalling’ Takes Top Honor at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Awards

China-set family drama Stonewalling, which was co-directed by husband-and-wife team Ryuji Otsuka and Huang Ji, won best narrative feature at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Awards this year. The honor comes after the feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival and also won best film in the Hong Kong Film Festival’s Young Cinema Competition

Stonewalling also won best editing at the Golden Horse Film Awards, which is celebrating its 60th edition this year. The award was shared by Otsuka and Taiwan’s Liao Ching-sung. The latter won his first Golden Horse award after receiving 12 nominations over the last four decades.

The awards were evenly spread among the nominated movies. Taiwan’s Wu Kang-ren won best leading actor for his role as a deaf-mute in the Malaysian drama Abang Adik. The best actress honor went to 12-year-old Audrey Lin for her role in Trouble Girl, which makes her the youngest performer ever to be named as the best actress winner in Golden Horse awards history.

Old Fox helmer Hsiao Ya-chuan was named best director, which marks his first Golden Horse award. Hong Kong filmmaker Nick Cheuk won best new director for Time Still Turns the Pages.

Old Fox was a multiple award winner at the ceremony. It also won best supporting actor for Akio Chen’s performance, best makeup & costume design and best original film score. Best supporting actress went to Beatrice Fang for Day Off, which also won best original film song.

Three-time Oscar-winning Taiwanese filmmaker, Ang Lee served as the president of this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards jury. The jury presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to iconic Taiwanese actress Brigitte Lin.

Veteran Taiwanese cinematographer Chen Kun-hou was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He won his first best cinematography Golden Horse Awards in 1978 for his work on the biographical drama, He Never Gives Up. Producer Lin Shih-ken (The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful) was awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year.

Several high-profile filmmakers and performers also served at presenters at the Golden Horse Film Awards. They included Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano and actors Koji Yakusho (Perfect Days), Chang Chen (Dune) and Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Assassin). Yakusho and Kitano both also held master classes at the Golden Horse Film Festival earlier in the week.

The Golden Horse Film Awards are considered to be the most prestigious awards ceremony for Chinese-language cinema from across the East Asia region. However, the ceremony has been boycotted by mainland China since 2018, after the winner of best documentary made a reference to Taiwan’s independence in her acceptance speech (Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province of China rather than a separate country).

Best Director – HSIAO Ya-chuan, Old Fox

Best Leading Actor – WU Kang-ren, Abang Adik

Best Leading Actress – Audrey LIN, Trouble Girl

Best Supporting Actor – Akio CHEN, Old Fox

Best Supporting Actress – Beatrice FANG, Day Off

Best New Director – Nick CHEUK, Time Still Turns the Pages

Best New Performer – TSE Wing-yan, Fly Me to the Moon

Best Original Screenplay – SUN Jie, The Mountain is Coming

Best Adapted Screenplay – WU Chin-jung, CHENG Wei-hao, Marry My Dead Body

Best Cinematography – YU Jing-pin, Fish Memories

Best Visual Effects – ArChin YEN, Eye of the Storm

Best Art Direction – HUANG Mei-ching, TU Shuo-feng, Eye of the Storm

Best Makeup & Costume Design – WANG Chih-cheng, Shirley KAO, Old Fox

Best Film Editing – LIAO Ching-sung, OTSUKA Ryuji, Stonewalling

Best Sound Effects –TU Duu-chih, WU Shu-yao, CHEN Kuan-ting, Snow in Midsummer

Best Original Film Score – Chris HOU, Old Fox

Best Original Film SongThe Usual, Day Off

Best Action Choreography – HUNG Shih-hao, The Pig, the Snake and the Pigeon

Best Live Action Short FilmBefore the Box Gets Emptied, dir: HO Sze-wai

Best Animated FeaturePigsy, dir: CHIU Li-wei

Best Documentary FeatureYouth (Spring), dir: WANG Bing

Best Animated Short FilmMonsoon Blue, dirs: Ellis CHAN Ka-yin, WONG Hiu-kit

Best Documentary Short FilmThe Memo, dir: Badlands Film Group

Check out more of Karen Benardello’s articles.

Karen Benardello
Karen Benardellohttps://cinemadailyus.com
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.

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