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Actress-producer Hsu Feng to receive Golden Horse lifetime award

2017/08/01 22:12:59

Photo courtesy of the Golden Horse festival's executive committee

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

Hsu won two Golden Horse best actress awards in her acting career, which lasted until the 1980s. The first one was for "Assassin" in 1976 and the second for "The Pioneers" in 1980.

In 1984, Hsu established Tomson International Entertainment Co. which launched her career as a producer.

Since that time she has produced 26 films, including the acclaimed Chinese drama "Farewell My Concubine," about the life-long friendship of two men who meet as apprentices in a Peking opera troupe.

The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film at the 1994 Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1994 Academy Awards.

In recent years, Hsu has funded the restoration and digital remastering of her classic films, including "A Touch of Zen" and "Legend of the Mountain." She has also sponsored training programs on film restoration.

Hsu will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Golden Horse Awards ceremony in Taipei on Nov. 25.

(By Christie Chen)