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GOLDEN HORSE: Tu Men named best leading actor

2017/11/25 23:25:57

Tu Men (涂們)

Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) Chinese actor Tu Men (涂們) won big at the 54th Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, taking home the best leading actor award for his role in the Chinese film "Old Beast."

Nominated for the first time in a long career spanning nearly 30 years, Tu plays an old businessman who goes bankrupt and has to resort to stealing the money his children have raised for their mother's surgery to pay back a debt to a friend.

He was extremely modest in his acceptance speech, saying that his fellow nominees were nominated because of their talent, "while I won because of luck."

Tu gave a very brief speech, thanking director Zhou Ziyang (周子陽), the film crew, and the entire production team for making this movie a reality.

The film offers a compelling view at how failed economic development plans can ruin social cohesion at both a personal and community level, with Tu's performance being heralded as "perfectly calibrated" to bring about an ending that is "as tough and honest as it must be."

According to the Golden Horse Awards judges, Tu was the soul of the movie.

"Old Beast" was nominated in four categories at the Golden Horse Awards -- best leading actor, best new director, best cinematography, and best original screenplay, which was won by Zhou Ziyang.

Other nominees for best leading actor were Taiwan's Chuang Kai-hsun for "Who Killed Cock Robin," China's Huang Bo for "The Conformist," Tian Zhuangzhuang for "Love Education" and Taiwanese-Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro for "See You Tomorrow."

(By Kuan-lin Liu)