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Tsai Ming-liang grabs Golden Horse Best Director for 'Stray Dogs'

2013/11/23 23:21:55

Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) Taiwan-based Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang nabbed his second Golden Horse Best Director award on Saturday for "Stray Dogs," a film about a homeless single father who struggles to survive with his two children on the streets of Taipei.

"Stray Dogs" went into the event with five nominations, including Best Feature Film.

"I have a very complicated relationship with the Golden Horse Awards. It doesn't like me very much, and I don't like it very much because I know this horse runs very fast, but I am used to being slow," a smiling Tsai said during his acceptance speech at the awards ceremony in Taipei.

"Suddenly, I don't know why… it seems to have slowed down," Tsai said, thanking Ang Lee, who chaired the jury, and the other judges this year.

"It makes me want to keep on going," Tsai said.

The other nominees were Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai for "The Grandmaster," Chinese director Jia Zhangke for "A Touch of Sin," Hong Kong director Johnnie To for "Drug War," and Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong for "Soul."

Tsai, 56, won his first Golden Horse Best Director award in 1994 with his second feature film "Vive L'Amour."

"Stray Dogs" features Tsai's trademark long static shots and slow pace that convey the recurring theme of loneliness often found in his films.

It is the director's first film since his 2009 production "Face," which was nominated for a Cannes Film Festival award.

"Stray Dogs," described as an "installation artwork" by critics, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival this year.

Born in Malaysia, Tsai came to Taiwan after graduating from high school to study drama and film and he began writing stage plays during his student days.

His works often convey feelings of abandonment and loneliness in modern society and urban settings.

Tsai is a frequent winner of international awards. "Vive L'Amour" won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival in 1994.

The star-studded ceremony, considered the Chinese-language Oscars, is one of the most prestigious for film events in the Chinese-speaking world.

(By Christie Chen)