Two Taiwanese films win kudos at Asian Film Awards

10/28/2020 09:24 PM
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Samantha Ko (center) in a scene of "A Sun." File photo courtesy of Applause Entertainment
Samantha Ko (center) in a scene of "A Sun." File photo courtesy of Applause Entertainment

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Two Taiwanese films won awards, including Best Supporting Actress, at this year's Asian Film Awards, which was held Wednesday in an online ceremony.

Samantha Ko (柯淑勤) took the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as a mother in "A Sun (陽光普照)," amid strong competition in the category from actresses such as Lee Jung-eun, who played a housekeeper in the South Korean film "Parasite."

In a pre-recorded acceptance speech, Ko thanked the judges and the film's director, Chung Mong-hong (鍾孟宏), for putting his trust in her.

Chung's film, which was the biggest winner in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards last year, was nominated in seven of the 16 categories at the 14th Asian Film Awards, including best film and best director.

Tomi Kuo (郭聰憲) and his Renovatio Pictures, meanwhile, grabbed the Best Visual Effects award for "Detention (返校)," a film adapted from a popular video game set in the 1960s when Taiwan was under martial law.

"Without you guys, we couldn't have made this film," Kuo told his co-workers at his company, after thanking the judges, the film's producer and director in his speech.

"Parasite," which was nominated in 10 categories, took home four awards, including Best Film and Best Script, and was the biggest winner at this year's event.

The Asian Film Awards have been organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy since its establishment by film festivals in Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo in 2013.

(By Yeh Kuan-yin and Kay Liu)

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