Chinese Oscars the 2018 Golden Horse Awards Gets Star-studded Attendance and Teary Best Film Win for Young Deceased Director

The last few years have been meh with the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-language film equivalent of the Oscars, due to flagging star-studded movies and creativity that also connects with the mass public. This year the ceremony staged a revival with so many famous stars and directors in attendance I was having whiplash. Acclaimed veteran director Zhang Yimou finally won his first Best Director award for his artsy wuxia film Shadow, but the film lost out on Best Film to an art house 4-hour long movie An Elephant Still Standing which took home the highest honor of the night yet sadly the young novelist-turned-director Hu Bo committed suicide last October 2017 at the age of 29 after suffering from depression and getting into a disagreement with the movie’s producer. His mother accepted the award for him and tearfully got a hug from director Ang Lee. I felt this year’s Golden Horse returned to glamour and meaning and the star nominees and attendees included Gong Li, Andy Lau, Hu Ge, Carina Lau, Zhou Xun, Chang Chen, Deng Cao, Sun Li, Roy Qiu, and many more. The fashion was lovely or different with the most unique being teen winner of the Best New Actor award the ethnic minority Si Pagoyod wearing his tribal attire. Continue reading

Famous Stars Alongside Astonishingly Similar Filming Doubles

Wax figures at Madame Tussauds isn’t the only way for stars to have their own dopplegangers, ever since the advent of cinema there have been body and face doubles during filming. I’m not sure if there’s as lucrative a business … Continue reading

Winners and Star-studded Red Carpet at the 50th Anniversary Golden Horse Awards in Taipei

Two major Asian film awards took place this weekend, there was the Blue Dragon Film Awards celebrating Korean cinema held in Seoul, and further South in Taipei the annual Golden Horse Film Awards feted the Chinese-language movies of 2013. It … Continue reading

Red Carpet Pictures from the 2011 Golden Horse Awards

Taiwan’s most prestigious awards show came and went, and thankfully the results caused no sputtering outrage and mud flinging the way the Golden Bells did last month. Last night’s Golden Horse Awards was a rather muted affair, with some viewers … Continue reading