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"Beijing Blues" wins Taiwan film festival

11-26-2012 08:57 BJT

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This time around "Beijing Blues", a film from the Chinese mainland, has won big at the 49th Golden Horse Film Awards. It took home Best Feature Film, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography. "Beijing Blues" tied with Hong Kong’s "Life Without Principles", which won for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

"Beijing Blues" portrays the lives of urban dwellers through the work of a squad of plainclothes crime-hunters. Director Gao Qun Shu hired a lot of amateur actors, and captured their natural reactions as a chain of events unfolds in the film.

Chinese director Gao Qunshu celebrates winning the Best Feature Film for "Beijing
Blues" at the 49th Golden Horse Film Awards in Ilan county, northeastern Taiwan,
November 24, 2012.

Backstage, the director thanked the judges for recognizing the hard work of the cast and crew.

Gao said, "First off, they gave the award to the cinematographer who had a really difficult job. Our actors didn’t know where they were supposed to walk, the cameras needed to naturally capture what was happening to them. Also our editors, it’s not the usual way of editing films. The film was edited according to the sequence of events as they happened. I didn’t want the actors to be disrupted."

Best Leading Actress Award went to Gwei Lun Mei, an actress from Taiwan for her performance in "Gf*Bf". The film portrays a man caught up in a romantic triangle involving three former high-school classmates.

It is Gwei’s first nomination and first win. Gwei said her parents support is particularly important to her.

Gwei said, "I think my parents are very good to me. They need to bear the negative emotions I sometimes have because I’m an actress, or sometimes they don’t see me at all. They take all of that because they want me to do what I love to do. For that I’m very grateful"

Best Leading Actor Award went to Hong Kong veteran actor Lau Ching Wan for his portrayal of a thug in "Life Without Principle". This is Lau’s second nomination, and first win.

Lau Ching Wan said, "I think movies are special. For example, "Life Without Principle", after we do our part, the film has a life of its own. It’s still living. I’m still not sure where it’s going, I don’t know who’s going to watch this film, or the kind of impact this film will have. That’s what I think is so fun about movies. "

Outstanding Filmmaker of the Year went to Huang Yu-siang, a 25-year-old blind pianist from Taiwan, for his debut film "Touch of The Light," about young artists pursuing their dreams.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Shih Chun, a veteran actor for his contribution to the Chinese language film industry.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source:

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