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China’s ‘Blind Massage’ Wins Big at Golden Horse Awards

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/11/23/chinas-blind-massage-wins-big-at-golden-horse-awards/

China’s ‘Blind Massage’ Wins Big at Golden Horse Awards

2:39 pm HKT   Nov 23, 2014 CHINA REAL TIME

The Chinese film “Blind Massage” was the big winner at the 51st Golden Horse Awards on Saturday night, snatching up six trophies out of seven nominations, including the top prize for best feature film.

Directed by Chinese auteur Lou Ye, “Blind Massage” explores the lives of a group of blind massage therapists in Nanjing. The film also picked up awards for best new performer (actress Zhang Lei), adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing and sound effects.

Hong Kong’s Ann Hui won best director for her historical epic “The Golden Era,” starring actress Tang Wei as the early 20th-century writer Xiao Hong. It was Ms. Hui’s third Golden Horse best-director win, following the 1999 film “Ordinary Heroes” and 2011’s “A Simple Life.”

“Some people say I was confined to the script, but for me, I would rather follow a well-written script than try to work with a half-decent one,” Ms. Hui said. “Even today, I ask myself what I could have done better and differently to draw out the real strength of the script.”

This year’s awards demonstrated the growing prowess of China’s movie industry, as films from the mainland won in a majority of the 21 categories.

The night’s clear favorite was veteran Chinese actor Chen Jian-bin, who claimed two main acting awards: best supporting actor for “Paradise in Service” and best leading actor for “A Fool,” for which he also won best new director.

Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang-chyi pulled off the biggest upset by clinching the best leading actress award for “Exit,” in which she plays a downtrodden garment-factory worker. Ms. Chen beat out four other prominent actresses, including Ms. Tang (“The Golden Era”), Gwei Lun-mei (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”), Gong Li(“Coming Home”) and Zhao Wei (“Dearest”).

“At first, I refused this job because I had stayed away from the camera so many years,” Ms. Chen said. “But something hit me and I realized I needed a fresh start. So I mustered up the courage to open that unopenable door as my character had to do in the movie’s last scene.”

Chinese director Diao Yinan’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice” went into the awards ceremony a favorite, with eight nominations, but the film drew a surprisingly rigid response from the jury and ended the evening with just one prize, for best art direction.

The Golden Horse Awards, launched in Taiwan in 1962, is one of Asia’s most-prominent film events and focuses specifically on Chinese-language movies. While the majority of the nominated films come from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, any Chinese-language film is eligible to enter. This year’s ceremony was held in Taipei.

Two-time Golden Horse best-actress winner and Hollywood star Joan Chen headed this year’s jury.

–Jenny W. Hsu

The full list of nominees and winners:

Best Feature Film

  • “A Fool”
  • “Black Coal, Thin Ice”
  • “The Golden Era”
  • WINNER: “Blind Massage”
  • “KANO”

Best Director

  • Midi Z (“Ice Poison”)
  • Diao Yian (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • WINNER: Ann Hui (“The Golden Era”)
  • Wang Xiao Shuai (“Red Amnesia”)
  • Lou Ye (“Blind Massage”)

Best Leading Actor

  • WINNER: Chen Jian-bin (“A Fool”)
  • Sean Lau (“The White Storm”)
  • Liao Fan (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • Masatoshi Nagase (“KANO”)
  • Chang Chen (“Brotherhood of Blades”)

Best Leading Actress

  • WINNER: Chen Shiang Chyi (“Exit”)
  • Gwei Lun-mei (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • Gong Li (“Coming Home”)
  • Tang Wei (“The Golden Era”)
  • Zhao Wei (“Dearest”)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Wang Xue Bing (“A Fool’)
  • Ng Man Tat (“Aberdeen”)
  • WINNER: Chen Jian-bin (“Paradise in Service”)
  • Leon Dai (“(SEX) Appeal” )
  • Jin Shi Jie (“Brotherhood of Blades”)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Hao Lei (“The Golden Era”)
  • Paw Hee Ching (“Insanity”)
  • Lang, Tsu-Yun (“Sweet Alibis”)
  • Chen Yi-han (“Paradise in Service”)
  • WINNER: Wan Qian (“Paradise in Service”)

Best Documentary

  • WINNER: “Cotton”
  • “The Walkers”
  • “The Last Moose of Aoluguya”

Best Short Film

  • “Stairway”
  • “The Free Man”
  • WINNER: “The Hammer and Sickle Are Sleepings”
  • “The Great Buddha”
  • “Heipigu”

Best New Director

  • WINNER: Chen Jian-bin (“A Fool”)
  • Chienn Hsiang (“Exit”)
  • Xin Yu-kun (“The Coffin in the Mountain”)
  • Umin Boya (“KANO”)
  • Li Xiao-feng (“Nezha”)

Best New Performer

  • Ann Hsu (“Design 7 Love”)
  • Zhang Huiwen (“Coming Home”)
  • WINNER: Zhang Lei (“Blind Massage”)
  • Tsao Yu-ning (“KANO”)
  • Matthew Wei Hang-ting (“Meeting Dr. Sun”)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Xin Yun-Kun, Feng Yuanliang (“The Coffin in the Mountain”)
  • Diao Yinan (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • Li Qiang (“The Golden Era”)
  • Wang Xiaoshuai, Fang Lei, Li Fei (“Red Amnesia”)
  • WINNER: Yee Chih-yen (“Meeting Dr. Sun“)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Chen Jian-bin (“A Fool”)
  • Chan Fan-hung, Kong Ho-yan, Fruit Chan (“The Midnight After”)
  • Zou Jingzhi (“Coming Home”)
  • WINNER: Ma Yingli (“Blind Massage”)
  • Li Xiao-feng, WangMu, Pan Yu (“Nezha”)

Best Cinematography

  • Dong Jingsong (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • Du Jie (“No Man’s Land”)
  • WINNER: Zheng Jian (“Blind Massage”)
  • Mark Lee Ping Bing (“(Sex) Appeal”)
  • Zhang Ji (“North by Northeast”)

Best Visual Effects

  • Hi-Organic Motion Graphic Studio (“Design 7 Love”)
  • Ng Yuen-fai, Chas Chao Chi-shing, Tam Kai-kwan (“The White Storm”)
  • WINNER: Tong Ka-wai, Ken Law, Lucky Tracy Hannah (“The Midnight After“)
  • Wook Kim, Park Young Soo (“Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”)
  • Henri Wong, Hugo Kwan, Walter Wong (“As The Light Goes Out”)

Best Art Direction

  • Kenneth Mak (“Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”)
  • WINNER: Liu Qiang (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • Fu Yingzhang (“Uncle Victory”)
  • Hao Yi (“No Man’s Land”)
  • Huang Mei-ching (“Paradise in Service”)

Best Makeup and Costume Design

  • Bruce Yu, Lee Pik-kwan (“Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”)
  • Hao Yi (“No Man’s ‘Land”)
  • Amanda Deng, Lin Xin-yi, Tu Mei-ling (“KANO”)
  • Fang Chi Luen, Li-wen Hsu, Chia-lin Kao (“Paradise in Service”)
  • WINNER: Liang Tingting (“Brotherhood of Blades”)

Best Action Choreography

  • Li Chung Chi (“The White Storm”)
  • Yuen Bun, Lin Feng (“Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”)
  • WINNER: Jack Wong (“As The Light Goes Out”)
  • Donnie Yen, Stephen Yung Wai, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua (“Kung Fu Jungle”)
  • Lin Sang (“Brotherhood of Blades”)

Best Orignal Film Score

  • Owen Wang, Annie Lo, Nieh Lin Chieh (“The Twelve Nights”)
  • Kawai Kenji (“Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”)
  • WINNER: Qigang Chen (“Coming Home”)
  • Nathan Wang, Dong Dongdong, Jiang Yongjun (“No Man’s Land”)
  • He Miaoshu (“North by Northeast”)

Best Orginal Film Song

  • “The White Storm” – Rubber Band (“The White Storm”)
  • “Mr. Bird” – Umin Boya (“KANO”)
  • “Happiness” Wawa and David Tao (“(Sex) Appeal”)
  • WINNER: The Road We Pass” – Pu Shu and Han Han (“The Continent”)

Best Film Editing

  • Yau Chi Wai (H.K.S.E.) (“The White Storm”)
  • Yang Hongyu (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”)
  • Du Yuan (“No Man’s Land”)
  • WINNER: Kong Jinlei, Jolin Zhu (“Blind Massage”)
  • Zhu Li Yung, Tu Yiran (“Brotherhood of Blades”)

Best Sound Effects

  • Kingson Tsang, Yiu Chun-hin, Chow Yun-lun (“The White Storm”)
  • Tao Jing (“Coming Home”)
  • Fu Kang (“Red Amnesia”)
  • WINNER: Fu Kang (“Blind Massage”)
  • Tu Duu-Chih (“Paradise in Service”)

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year

  • Jimmy Huang

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Tian Feng

Audience Choice Award

  • “KANO”

FIPRESCI Prize

  • “KANO”
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