Chi­nese films shine at Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FILMS from main­land China dom­i­nated this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan with two so­cial dra­mas scoop­ing up top hon­ours last Satur­day.

Chi­nese di­rec­tor Zhang Dalei’s black-and-white film, The Sum­mer is Gone ( right), was the big­gest dark horse of the night, win­ning the cov­eted best pic­ture award.

“What should I say? I re­ally wasn’t ex­pect­ing this,” Zhang said.

Kong Weiyi, 10, was awarded best new per­former for his role in the film, which fol­lows a boy grow­ing up in a small town in western China dur­ing the 1980s and 1990s.

China’s Feng Xiao­gang took the best di­rec­tor ti­tle for I Am Not Madame Bo­vary which stars top ac­tress Fan Bing­bing play­ing a peas­ant who sues her swindler ex­hus­band.

The film scooped the best pic­ture prize at Spain’s San Se­bas­tian film fes­ti­val in Septem­ber, with Fan win­ning the best ac­tress gong.

But Fan lost the Golden Horse best ac­tress ti­tle to fel­low Chi­nese stars Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun, who shared the hon­our for their per­for­mances as friends who fall for the same man in Soul Mate.

China’s Fan Wei was another sur­prise win­ner as he saw off bet­ter­known Hong Kong ri­vals Tony Le­ung Kai-fai and Jacky Che­ung as well as Taiwan’s Kai Ko to win best ac­tor for his role as a slick farm man­ager in Mr No Prob­lem.

Crit­i­cally-ac­claimed im­mi­grant drama The Road to Man­dalay suf­fered the big­gest up­set of the night.

It only took home one award – for out­stand­ing Tai­wanese film­maker of the year – de­spite be­ing tipped to win in ma­jor cat­e­gories. some five hours of makeup just to play Ben­jamin But­ton, an older man who gets younger as the years go by.

Johnny Depp in Black Mass (2015) No stranger to adopt­ing a new look for his film roles, in Black Mass, Depp plays vi­o­lent Bos­ton mob­ster Whitey Bu­gler.

He was al­most un­recog­nis­able. His pros­thet­ics in­cluded metic­u­lous hair plugs, false eye­brows, stained teeth and ex­ten­sive face makeup.

Jared Leto in Chap­ter 27 (2008) Leto had to gain over 30kg by eat­ing un­healthy snacks for this role. His weight gain brought se­ri­ous health is­sues, even land­ing him in a wheelchair.

Taiwan’s Elaine Jin won her sec­ond best sup­port­ing ac­tress stat­uette af­ter 22 years for play­ing a de­pressed mother in Hong Kong di­rec­tor Wong Chun’s fam­ily drama Mad World.

Wong claimed the best new di­rec­tor award for his de­but fea­ture film, which was shot on a shoestring bud­get.

Best sup­port­ing ac­tor went to Tai­wanese singer-ac­tor Lin Po-hung for his role in At Cafe 6.

Nearly 50 films were nom­i­nated for the 53rd edi­tion of the Golden Horse awards.

Although the Golden Horse is styled on the US Academy Awards, the win­ners are de­cided by a jury, along the lines of the Cannes film fes­ti­val. – AFP

John Hurt in The Ele­phant Man (1980) This black-and-white biopic cen­tres on Joseph Mer­rick, a se­verely de­formed man liv­ing in 19th cen­tury Lon­don. It was ru­moured that Hurt’s pros­thetic cos­tume was mod­elled from ac­tual casts of Mer­rick’s body.

The makeup took seven to eight hours to ap­ply each day, and al­most two hours to re­move.

Gary Old­man in Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula (1992) The makeup team trans­formed Old­man into var­i­ous mon­sters so con­vinc­ingly that the movie won an Os­car for best makeup.

Old­man even hired a sing­ing coach to help him lower his voice so he could give Drac­ula a more sin­is­ter qual­ity.

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