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GOLDEN HORSE: Actress Hsu Feng honored for lifetime achievement

2017/11/25 22:25:56

Taiwanese actress and producer Hsu Feng (徐楓)

Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) Taiwanese actress and producer Hsu Feng (徐楓), whose cinematic career has spanned over five decades, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Horse Awards on Saturday.

The 67-year-old actress, who received the award from actress-director Sylvia Chang, got a standing ovation from the crowd at the award ceremony in Taipei.

In her acceptance speech, Hsu gave special thanks to late director King Hu.

"If I have accomplished anything, it was thanks to his strict guidance. I would not be here today if it were not for him," she said.

"This award is not an end for me, but a new beginning," Hsu added.

Hsu's first screen appearance was a bit part in King Hu's martial arts film "Dragon Gate Inn" in 1967.

In 1970, she played the daughter of a Ming Dynasty politician in another of Hu's martial arts films, "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., launching her career as a producer.

Since that time she has produced 26 films, including the acclaimed Chinese-language 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 and 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.

(By Christie Chen)