Hong Kong film ‘Limbo’ leads Golden Horse Award nominations

Cantonese Hong Kong action thriller “Limbo” led the nominations for this year’s Golden Horse Awards — the Chinese-speaking world’s version of the Oscars, with a total of 14 nods, when the nominations were officially announced on Tuesday.

“Limbo,” a black-and-white movie about two policeman hunting a serial killer, is nominated in the best narrative feature category, while its director Soi Cheang (鄭保瑞) will also compete in the best director category, according to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee’s announcement made during a press conference.
Three of the film’s cast are also nominated, including Lam Ka-tung (林家棟) for best leading actor, Cya Liu (劉雅瑟) for best leading actress and Mason Lee (李淳) for best supporting actor.

The film is also nominated for best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best makeup and costume design, best film editing, and best original film score.

A total of 457 entries were submitted to the Golden Horse Awards this year, down eight from last year’s 465, according to the committee.

“Limbo” was followed by two Taiwanese films, with 13 nods. They are horror film “Incantation,” about a southern Taiwan family that fall victim to mass paranoia, and “Coo-Coo 043,” about how a family that makes a living from racing pigeons finds it hard to deal with economic difficulties and the disappearance of their son.

The three films, along with “GAGA” and “The Sunny Side of the Street,” are the five contenders for the best narrative feature award.

Also competing in the best leading actor category are Louis Cheung Kai-chung (張繼聰) in “The Narrow Road,” Anthony Wong (黃秋生) in “The Sunny Side of the Street,” Chang Hsiao-chuan (張孝全) in “The Post-Truth World,” and Yu An-shun (游安順) in “Coo-Coo 043.”

In the best leading actress category, the other contenders are Tsai Hsuan-yen (蔡亘晏) in “Incantation,” Angela Yuen Lai-lam (袁澧林) in “The Narrow Road,” Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉) in “A Light Never Goes Out,” and Hong Hui-fang (洪慧芳) in “Ajoomma.”

Meanwhile, late special effect designer Chen Ming-ze (陳銘澤), who specialized in creating explosive scenes, was named “Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year” during Tuesday’s announcement.

There will be two lifetime achievement award recipients this year — director and cinematographer Lai Cheng-ying (賴成英) and cinematographer Chang Chao-tang (張照堂), according to the committee’s earlier announcement.

The awards ceremony will take place at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on Nov. 19.

All the nominated films will be screened during the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival from Nov. 2-20, along with a wide range of new and classic movies.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel