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Local actor to receive Golden Horse lifetime achievement award

2012/07/03 22:17:48

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Shih Jun, a martial arts actor who has been in Taiwan's film industry for 47 years, is to receive the 49th Golden Horse Lifetime Achievement Award, the film festival's executive committee announced Tuesday.

"If people think it is not time for me to retire, I hope that through this award I can continue to contribute to Taiwan's movie industry," said the 76-year-old Shih.

The actor, who graduated from National Taiwan University's Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine, joined the Union Film Co. in 1965 and made his silver screen debut as the main fighter in the action film "Dragon Inn" in 1967.

The movie presented Shih with many subsequent acting opportunities in films directed by famed director King Hu, which helped him earn a unique status in Taiwan's martial arts film genre.

He also successfully established his trademark "scholar role" in the kung fu film "A Touch of Zen" in 1971, also directed by Hu.

He was nominated for a best actor award at the 16th Golden Horse Awards in 1979 for his role in kung fu movie "Legend of Mountains."

He also won a best actor award at the 28th Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1983 for his work in "The Wheel of Life."

Shih, whose real name is Chang Shih-hua is also the chief executive officer of a cultural foundation established to preserve and promote Hu's movies.

The 49th Golden Horse Award ceremony will take place Nov. 24 this year in Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan.

(By Sabine Cheng and C.J. Lin)