GOLDEN HORSE: Taiwanese Chung Mong-hong grabs best director award
Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) Taiwanese Chung Mong-hong (鍾孟宏) won the Golden Horse Award for best director Saturday for his family drama "A Sun" (陽光普照), which address juvenile delinquency.
It is Chung's second best director win at the Golden Horse Awards, after receiving the award for family drama "The Fourth Portrait" in 2010.
The judges said the film is filled with emotion and pays attention to the dark corners of peoples' souls. It also exposes the contrast and complements of good and evil.
"I want to thank my family, my wife and children. This award is something that I want to share with you," he said. "Also, thank you to the jury for giving me this honor."
The nearly three-hour feature is about a family of four, with the father, A-Wen, a driving instructor, the mother, Qin, a hairdresser and the elder son, A-Hao, a high school senior preparing for his medical school entrance exam.
The film focuses on the problems of the younger son, A-Ho, who has been "different" since he was a child.
"A Sun," Chung's fifth narrative feature film, went into the event with 10 nominations, including, best narrative feature, best leading actor and actress, and best supporting actor and actress.
He has also directed "Parking," "The Fourth Portrait," "Soul" and "Godspeed," which were nominated at the Golden Horse Awards in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016, respectively.
The other Golden Horse best director nominees were Taiwanese Tom Lin (林書宇) for romantic drama "The Garden of Evening Mists," Singaporean Anthony Chen for romantic drama "Wet Season," Taiwanese Chang Tso-chi (張作驥) for family drama "Synapses," and Myanmar-born Taiwanese Midi Z for the psychological drama "Nina Wu."
The star-studded Golden Horse Awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious film events in the Chinese-speaking world.
This year's Golden Horse Awards has been dealt a heavy blow after China announced a boycott of the awards in August in response to political fallout from last year's ceremony, when Taiwanese documentary director Fu Yu (傅榆) called in her acceptance speech for Taiwan to be treated as an "independent entity."
Taiwan's Golden Horse Executive Committee has remained tight-lipped and low-key about the boycott. Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, meanwhile, has expressed regret and has called for Chinese officials not to interfere with cultural exchanges over political factors.
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