By: Central News Agency
Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien captured his third
Golden Horse Award for best director on Saturday with the film “The Assassin,” a martial arts arthouse epic set in the Tang Dynasty.
“The Assassin” went into the event with a leading 11 nominations, including best feature film. It is the eighth time that Hou has been nominated for the best director award and his third win.
He previously won the award in 1989 with “A City of Sadness” and in 1995 with “Good Men, Good Women.” He was also named Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year at the Golden Horse Awards this year.
Judges praised Hou’s craftship in “The Assassin,” saying his “unique techniques have revitalized the genre of martial arts films.” “Thank you judges of the Golden Horse Awards. I haven’t won the best director award in a long time. I would like to thank my crew,” said the 68-year-old director, who received the award from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi. [FULL STORY]