Art and Entertainment

In Pictures: Stars on the red carpet at the 54th Golden Horse awards

The Straits Times
November 26, 2017

Stars and celebrities turned up dressed to the nines for the 54th Golden Horse Film Awards, which has been dubbed the Chinese “Oscars”. The awards was held at Taipei’s Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Nov 25. Here is a look at the winners and the red carpet appearances

(From left) Actress Vicky Chen, director Yang Ya-che and actress Kara Wai posing with their Golden Horse awards, together with the rest of the cast of The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful. PHOTO: AFP

Best Leading Actor winner Tu Men kissing the hand of Best Leading Actress winner Kara Wai, at the 54th Golden Horse Film Awards on Nov 25, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Taiwanese actress Vicky Chen, with her Best Supporting Actress award. The 14-year-old also made history as the youngest person to be nominated for the Best Actress award. PHOTO: AFP


Ang Lee to chair Golden Horse Film Awards executive committee

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/11/26
By: Lo Yuan-shao and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) U.S.-based Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee (李安) has agreed to

U.S.-based Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee (李安, left) and Golden Horse Film Awards incumbent chair Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉, right)/CNA file photo

take over as the head of the executive committee of the Golden Horse Film Awards, incumbent chair Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉) said Sunday.

Chang said she was delighted to have been able to persuade Lee to take over the position to lead the film festival and awards into a new era after the completion of the 54th Golden Horse Film Awards on Saturday night.

Lee said he hesitated before agreeing to do the job. “My first response (to Sylvia’s suggestion) was no. After a while, I told her it would be ‘very difficult.’ And then I gradually softened my position.”

He said he finally decided to accept the offer in part because he has won a number of Golden Horse awards and has been doing his best to attend the award ceremony over the past 30 years, including serving as head of the award jury four years ago.

Taiwan wins big at 54th Golden Horse Awards

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-11-26

Taiwanese crime thriller The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful was the biggest winner

The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful, directed by Yang Ya-che, center, won best film, while Kara wai, right, won best actress and Vicky Chen, left, won best supporting actress. (Photo/CNA)

at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday night. The awards are the highlight of the calendar in Chinese-language cinema and Taiwan did better in several categories this year than it has for some time.

The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful from Taiwanese director Yang Ya-che was nominated for seven awards and won three, including best film. Kara Wai from Hong Kong and Taiwan-born Vicky Chen took home best actress and best supporting actress respectively for their roles in the movie.

Another big winner from Taiwan on the night was director Huang Hsin-yao. His film The Great Buddha + won best adapted screenplay, best original film score, best original film song and best cinematography. Huang also took home the award for best new director.

(Updates) Award Winners for 54th Golden Horse Awards

Taiwan News  
Date: 2017/11/25
By: Mabel Neo, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Host for the 54th Golden Horse Awards Matilda Tao (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —Award Winners for 54th Golden Horse Awards

【Best New Director】Tan Seng Kiat- Shuttle Life(陳勝吉——《分貝人生》)

【Best New Performer】Rima Zeidan-The Great Buddha+ (瑞瑪席丹——《強尼.凱克》)

【Best Sound Effects】Du Tuu-Chih, Shu-Yao Wu- Mon Mon Mon Monsters (杜篤之, 吳書瑤——《報告老師!怪怪怪怪物!》)

【Best Visual Effects】Johnny Lin(林哲民), Perry KAIN, Thomas Reppen – See You Tomorrow  《擺渡人》

【Best Action Choreography】Sang Lin – Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (桑林《糸秀春刀II修羅戰場》)

【Best Editing】Jean Tsien, Bob Lee- Plastic China (錢孝貞、李博——塑料王國)

Taiwan’s ‘Cock Robin’ Heads for North America With Cheng Cheng

Date: November 24, 2017
By Patrick Frater

New York-based Cheng Cheng Films has picked up North American rights to Taiwanese


psychological crime thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin?”. The film is a front runner in the Golden Horse Awards which will be presented later today in Taipei. It is nominated in five categories, including best picture.

The film is directed by Cheng Wei-hao, who previously made hit “The Tag-Along.” It follows an ambitious journalist’s probe into a hit and run accident he witnessed years earlier.

It stars Mason Lee (“The Hangover Part II,” “Lucy”,) the Taiwanese-American actor who is the son of two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Lee senior will be on hand to present awards at the Golden Horse ceremony.    [FULL  STORY]

Cloud Gate Dance Theater founder announces upcoming retirement

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-11-22

The founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Lin Hwai-min, announced on Wednesday that

(CNA file photo)

he will retire in 2019 as Artistic Director.

Lin made the announcement just before the 45th anniversary of the world-famous dance theater’s founding. Cloud Gate 2’s Artistic Director Tseng Chung-long will take Lin’s place in 2020 while Lin will stay on as chairman of the Cloud Gate Association.

Lin’s 90th work, “ Formosa”, will premiere on Friday at the National Theater Hall. Lin is 70 years old and founded the Cloud Gate Dance Theater in 1973. Cloud Gate is Taiwan’s first professional dance group and the first modern Chinese dance group. Lin created a unique style of modern dance combining elements of western and eastern cultures. He is widely considered Asia’s most prominent and influential choreographer.    [FULL  STORY]

Free admission to 147 museums nationwide on Oct. 17 in celebration of Taiwan Culture Day

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun has high hopes for cultural preservation

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture is celebrating the Taiwan

Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation presented a photograph of a 90-year-old telegram to Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (left) (By Taiwan News)

Culture Day, as well as the 96th anniversary of Taiwan Cultural Association (TCA), on Tuesday, October 17, with 147 museums nationwide offering free admission for citizens on this day, the ministry announced a plan to restore historical documents and manuscripts associated with cultural enlightenment led by the organization.

Taiwanese democracy pioneer Dr. Chiang Wei-shui co-founded the TCA, an important organization that helped bring democracy in Taiwan’s history, on October 17, 1921, during the Japanese occupation.

In her speech, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun expressed her appreciation for the contribution of the TCA to the development of the nation’s culture and democracy, saying that exactly 96 years ago, the pioneers of Taiwan’s cultural and democracy movements, including Chiang Wei-shui, laid a strong foundation of awareness for the country’s burgeoning democracy through enlightenment-based newspapers, speeches, plays and workshops.    [FULL  STORY]

Modern dance piece pays tribute to pro-democracy pioneer

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Christie Chen 

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) A modern dance piece by late American choreographer Eleo Pomare that pays tribute to Taiwanese pro-democracy pioneer Nylon Cheng (鄭南榕) will be featured at an upcoming dance festival in Taipei, organizers of the festival announced Tuesday.

The piece, titled “Tableaux” (那個時代), will be performed at the 2017 Tsai Jui-Yueh International Dance Festival from Nov. 2-5.

It is inspired by the life and death of Cheng, who is often referred to as the “Father of Free Speech” in Taiwan and is known for setting himself on fire in 1989 to protest the lack of freedom of expression in the country.

The piece was choreographed by Pomare, whose works often touch on the topic of social injustice and the plight of black people.    [FULL  STORY]

Nuit Blanche art festival kicks off in Taipei Saturday night

The art festival is intended to make you sleepless all night for the sake of arts.

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/07
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The annual cultural festival Nuit Blanche is about to kick off

The Nuit Blanche art festival (By Central News Agency)

on Saturday night with an abundance of performances, live concerts, exhibitions, and forums in different parts of the city, inviting urban flâneurs to occupy the streets all night for the sake of arts.

This year, the festival will take place in the southern tip of the capital, stretching from National Taiwan University (NTU) to the Taipower building, and eventually ending at Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park.

With the spirit of “all-night events”, “free for all” and “civic engagement”, the festival aims to transform the city into an open gallery where every citizen is welcomed. Visitors are invited not only to appreciate works of art, but also to interact with artworks, and even to take part in the creation of arts.   [FULL  STORY]

Actress-producer Hsu Feng to receive Golden Horse lifetime award

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/01
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwanese actress and producer Hsu Feng (徐楓), whose

Photo courtesy of the Golden Horse festival’s executive committee

cinematic career has spanned almost four decades, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Horse Awards this year, the festival’s executive committee announced on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank the Golden Horse Awards’ judges for their affirmation. This encourages me to return to film production soon as the best way to repay the Golden Horse Awards,” the 66-year-old actress said after learning about the honor.

Hsu’s first screen appearance was a bit part in King Hu’s martial arts film “Dragon Gate Inn.”

In 1970, she played the daughter of a Ming Dynasty politician in another of Hu’s martial arts film, “A Touch of Zen,” a role for which she gained international fame. The film won the Technical Grand Prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.