The stars gather for the Chinese Oscars in Taiwan


Taipei (AFP) – The best stars of Asian cinema gathered in Taipei on Saturday for Taiwan's film awards for golden horses, dubbed the Chinese language "Oscars", with the honorary leader of director Zhang Yimou "Shadow".

Personal Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee, Chinese celebrity Gong Li and Hong Kong's "celestial king" Andy Lau are among the celebrities who have come down with a red carpet in Taipei in front of a glittering ceremony.

China's director Zhang's martial arts epic, inspired by traditional painting ink, leads with 12 nominations, amongst others for the Best Film Award, Best Director, Best Leading Actress and Actress Awards.

The Taiwanese comedy "Dear EX" about the widow who is fighting for her husband's heritage against her gay lover, closely follows eight hits in the best film and the best acting categories and the best new director for the Taiwanese spirit Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen.

Zhang has never received the best director of Golden Horse, while the former actor Jiang, who played in the classic "Red Sorghum", won the title entitled "In the Heat of the Sun" in 1996.

The best gaming awards are also dominated by Chinese talents, with Taiwanese Roy Chiu and Hsieh Ying-xuan fighting for the domestic victory for their role as gay lover and widowed mother in "Dear EX".

China's Deng Chao, who plays double officially qualified for protection in ancient China in "Shadow", is the leading actor for the best actor against the Xu Zheng (Dying to Survive), Duan Yihong ("The Looming Storm"), and Peng Yuchang (" An elephant that sits still ").

Female Deng, a Chinese television star, Sun Li, who also plays his wife in Shadow, competes for the best actress against Zhou Xun in Japanese director Shunji Iwai's "Last Letter" as well as Zhao Tao ("Ash is Purest White ") and Zeng Meihuizi (" Three Men ").

Three Chinese drama – "Long Day's Travel Into Night", "Dying to Survive" and "Elephant Sitting Still" – are also in progress for the best film.

The best documentary film sees "Our Youth in Taiwan" about Sunflower Movement 2014, which appeared against the "Roof logs: the first roof" on the movement of the congress movement in Hong Kong. Both mass protests led a young activist and reflected a growing resistance against Beijing's influence.

The 55th edition of the prize will start at 19:00 (11:00 GMT) in Taipei's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Courtyard.


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