China’s ‘Beijing Blues’ Wins Taiwanese Best Film Award

On Saturday, a Chinese film, Beijing Blues, won the best film award at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival, the “Chinese-language Oscars”. From the Associated Press:

“Beijing Blues” portrays the lives of the urban dwellers through the work of a squad of plainclothes crime-hunters.

In receiving the award, director Gao Qun Shu was visibly shocked, and he thanked the “globe” for giving an inexperienced director like him such honor and recognition.

[…] Controversial Chinese director Lou Ye did not receive the widely expected award for directing box-office hit “Mystery.” But at the ceremony, Lou received a rare mention for eventually directing a movie that was screened in Chinese theatres.

“Mystery” — about a woman’s radical revenge after uncovering her husband’s infidelity — is seen as marking Lou’s entry into the commercial mainstream after years on the social and artistic edge.

Lou Ye described the tortuous process of gaining official approval for Mystery on Sina Weibo earlier this year, and eventually removed his own name from the credits in protest. See more on China’s film industry via CDT.

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