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GOLDEN HORSE: Taiwanese tipped to keep top awards at home

2018/11/15 22:28:22

Roy Chiu (邱澤, left) and Hsieh Ying-xuan (謝盈萱)

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) Actors Roy Chiu (邱澤) and Hsieh Ying-xuan (謝盈萱), who starred in the movie "Dear EX," are Taiwan's only chance this year of winning the Golden Horse Award for a lead role.

The two Taiwanese, however, are seen as the front runners in the best lead actor and actress categories, respectively, having won at the Taipei Film Awards in June, according to movie critics.

All the other nominees in the lead role categories of the 55th Golden Horse Awards are from China.

In "Dear EX," Hsieh and Chiu created much dramatic tension in a story about a gay romance, gaining high praise from movie critics Wu Wen-chi (吳文智) and Chang Che-ming (張哲鳴), among others.

Hsieh plays a woman whose deceased husband had bequeathed his assets to his secret gay lover, played by Chiu, disinheriting his wife and only son.

Chiu, an actor, singer, and racing car driver, gave a performance that earned him his first Golden Horse nomination.

He made his acting debut in 2002 in the television series "Starry Starry Night" and rose to popularity with his performances in youth dramas.

Hsieh, meanwhile, was better known as a stage actress but started gaining recognition in cinema when she appeared in "Au Revoir Taipei" in 2010. She went on to act in the movie "Back to the Good Times" this year and secured her first lead role in "Dear EX."

At this year's Golden Horse, she will come up notably against Chinese actress Chloe Maayan (曾美慧孜), who gives a sensitive portrayal of a woman's internal conflicts in the movie "Three Husbands."

The movie is about the woman's sex addiction, her exploitation by her family, and her fight to determine her own code of conduct.

Another strong contender for the best actress in a leading role award is Zhou Xun (周迅) of China, who was nominated for her performance in "Last Letter," a film directed by Japanese Shunji Iwai.

Zhou has been praised as giving a nuanced portrayal of a woman, from her teenage years to middle age, which starts with flashbacks at a high school reunion.

In 2005, Zhou won a Golden Horse award for her lead role in the Hong Kong movie "Perhaps Love."

In the best leading actor category, Chiu will be competing against Xu Zheng (徐崢), who stars in "Dying to Survive," an adaption of a real-life story about the pharmaceutical industry in China.

Xu plays a man whose life changes as he makes a lot of money after becoming an exclusive sales agent for counterfeit drugs and later learns that he is in great danger.

Also in the running is actor Duan Yihong (段奕宏), who plays a security guard in the movie "The Looming Storm," according to critics.

Duan gives a compelling performance as a man obsessed with his dream of becoming a police officer and sets out to catch a serial killer, only to find himself lost in the case.

The performance won Duan the best lead actor award at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year.

The Golden Horse Awards ceremony will be held Nov. 17 at National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)