Chinese language cinema

Hong Kong film star Kara Hui named best actress at Golden Horse Awards

Hui wins for role in Taiwanese thriller The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful, which also bags best feature award

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 November, 2017, 8:26pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 November, 2017, 8:30pm

Hong Kong film star Kara Hui Ying-hung was named best leading actress at the Golden Horse Awards on Saturday night for her role in Taiwanese thriller The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful.

It was the first time Hui, 57, has won the coveted award, eight years after she was named best supporting actress.

“I’m really getting a bit dizzy,” a teary Hui said when receiving the award. “I came here more than a decade ago ... and the best supporting actress was announced very early that day, and I didn’t get it.

“My wish was that I could one day win the best leading actress award here.”

It was a good night for The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful, which was also named best feature film. The 14-year-old Vicky Chen was named best supporting actress for her role in the film by Taiwanese director Yang Ya-che.

Set in Taiwan in the 1980s, it is about how a wealthy family of a mother and two daughters gets entangled in a murder surrounded with ugly political and business deals.

And Hui was not the only Hongkonger celebrating victory at the ceremony in Taipei.

Three Hong Kong youngsters, Shek Ka-chun, Wong Chun-long and Wong Tsz-ying, won best animated short film for a 465-second story on the struggles of sexual minorities.

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On stage, Wong Tsz-ying said: “Changing a man is difficult. Changing a society is more difficult. Taiwan made us see hope today. I would like to say ‘thank you’ on behalf of the minorities.”

Shek said: “We are students from Hong Kong. It felt so surreal because we have always watched the Golden Horse Awards ceremonies.”

Their film, Losing Sight of a Longed Place, was the trio’s final-year university project. Next month they will be among the first batch of graduates from the Open University of Hong Kong’s department of animation and visual effects.

The animated documentary was about the fight, frustration and reflection of a Hong Kong gay rights activist, Adam Wan, who was chosen from 10 homosexual people interviewed by the trio.

Vivian Qu, from mainland China, was named best director for her film Angels Wear White, while mainland actor Tu Men won best leading actor for his role in Old Beast.

The Great Buddha +, by Taiwanese director Huang Hsin-Yao, was the biggest winner, bagging five awards: best new director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best original film song and best original film score.