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iW NEWS | Golden Horses Award "Warlords," "Cape," "Yangtze"

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 8, 2008 at 7:25AM

The Hong Kong historical drama "The Warlords" was the big winner Saturday night at the Golden Horse Awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars. Starring Jet Li, the film took home awards for best film and best director Peter Chan. Another big winner was Wei Te-sheng's "Cape No. 7," which won best Taiwan film of the year, Taiwan director of the year, and best supporting actor for Ma Ju-lung. "Cape" currently stands as the highest grossing film in Taiwanese history, grossing T$230 million ($7 million) in Taipei alone. Other Golden Horse winners included Prudence Liew, who won best actress for her role in "True Women For Sale," and Zhang Han-yu, who took best actor honors for his work in "The Assembly." Yung Chang's "Up The Yangtze" (recently profiled as part of indieWIRE's Honor Roll series) won the documentary award. In Chinese, Yung thanked his Grandfather who inspired him to make the film. In English, he said, "On behalf of the National Film Board and my colleagues at the EyeSteelfilm, I would like to thank you for letting me share the stage with some of the most important individuals in Chinese Cinema. Long live Chinese cinema! Long live Chinese documentary!'" [Peter Knegt]
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The Hong Kong historical drama "The Warlords" was the big winner Saturday night at the Golden Horse Awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars. Starring Jet Li, the film took home awards for best film and best director Peter Chan. Another big winner was Wei Te-sheng's "Cape No. 7," which won best Taiwan film of the year, Taiwan director of the year, and best supporting actor for Ma Ju-lung. "Cape" currently stands as the highest grossing film in Taiwanese history, grossing T$230 million ($7 million) in Taipei alone. Other Golden Horse winners included Prudence Liew, who won best actress for her role in "True Women For Sale," and Zhang Han-yu, who took best actor honors for his work in "The Assembly." Yung Chang's "Up The Yangtze" (recently profiled as part of indieWIRE's Honor Roll series) won the documentary award. In Chinese, Yung thanked his Grandfather who inspired him to make the film. In English, he said, "On behalf of the National Film Board and my colleagues at the EyeSteelfilm, I would like to thank you for letting me share the stage with some of the most important individuals in Chinese Cinema. Long live Chinese cinema! Long live Chinese documentary!'" [Peter Knegt]