Asia’s Oscars


The much hyped epic, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (directed by Wei Te-Sheng), scooped the Best Film award at the 48th Golden Horse Awards, which were announced at a glitzy, star-studded event held on 26 November in Hsinchu City, Taiwan (Republic of China).

At over four hours in length, Seediq Bale tells the historical story of a Taiwanese aboriginal tribe’s rebellion against Japanese colonial rulers during the 20th century. Wei Te-Sheng is the director of the popular Taiwanese film, Cape No. 7, which screened in South Africa during this year’s Taiwan Film Festival.

A surprise winner in the Best Director category was Hong Kong’s Ann Hui for her sensitive drama, A Simple Life. The film’s two leads, Andy Lau and Deanie Ip, won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards.

The awards ceremony was attended by a group of journalists and film festival programmers from Johannesburg, New York, Canada, Washington DC, Slovenia, New Zealand and Italy, all of whom were graciously brought out for the event by Taiwan’s Government Information Office. For a report on the Taiwanese film industry see the January issue of Screen Africa.

Here is the list of Gold Horse Awards winners:

Best Feature Film

Warriors of the Rainbow:Seediq Bale

Best Animation Feature (nonej

Best Documentary

Hometown Boy

Best Short Film


Best Director

Ann Hui

A Simple Life

Best Leading Actor

Andy LAU

A Simple Life

Best Leading Actress

Deanie IP

A Simple Life

Best New Director


The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman

Best Supporting Actor

Bokeh Kosang

Warriors of the Rainbow:Seediq Bale

Best Supporting Actress


Return Ticket

Best New Performer

Chen-Tung Ko

You Are the Apple of My Eye

Best Original Screenplay

YANG Nan-Chian, TENG Yung Shing, QIN Hailu, GE Wen-Zhe, XI

Return Ticket

Best Adapted Screenplay

ZHU Sujin, Shu Ping, JIANG Wen, GUO Junli, WEI Xiao, LI Bukong

Let The Bullets Fly

Best Cinematography


Let The Bullets Fly

Best Visual Effects

YUNG Kwok Yin, Andy KANG

Wu Xia

Best Art Direction

YEE Chung Man, SUN Li

Wu Xia

Best Makeup & Costume Design


The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman

Best Action Choreography

Donnie YEN

Wu Xia

Best Original Film Score

Ricky HO

Warriors of the Rainbow:Seediq Bale

Best Original Film Song

Perfect Landing

Lyric : Luantan-Ascent (Ascent Chen) Composer : Luantan-Ascent (Ascent Chen) Performer : Luantan-Ascent (Ascent Chen)
( Jump Ashin! )
Best Film Editing

Hsiao-Tung Chen

The Man behind the Book

Best Sound Effects

TU Duu-Chih, TANG Hsiang-Chu, WU Shu-Yao

Warriors of the Rainbow:Seediq Bale

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year

WONG Wei-liu

Audience Choice Award

Warriors of the Rainbow:Seediq Bale

The Piano in a Factory

Lifetime Achievement Award

TING Shan-His


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