Golden Horse Awards was unfortunately politicized

Fu Yue, filmmaker of “Our Youth In Taiwan”, said she really hoped Taiwan would become an independent country one day.

By Joyce Weng

Taipei, Nov. 18-Asian cinema’s top stars and directors descended upon Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to attend the annual Golden Horse Awards dubbed the Chinese-language “Oscars.” This year marks its 55th show. Oscar-winning Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee(李安), Chinese superstar Gong Li(鞏俐)and Hong Kong’s “heavenly king” Andy Lau(劉德華)are among the celebrities due to walk down the red carpet in Taipei ahead of the glitzy ceremony. However, the sensitive political issue between Taiwan and China obscured the focus on the films and art. 

“Our Youth In Taiwan”(我們的青春,在台灣), the documentary describing Taiwanese student and Chinese student sharing dreams of rebellion and building a better country, won the prize of the best documentary. Its director Yue Fu(傅榆)went on the stage, stating that “I hope our country can be seen as independent. As a Taiwanese, that is my biggest hope.” The acceptance speech made a hit on the internet. Many Taiwanese netizens said they were deeply touched. 

But don’t forget, there were actors and directors from China attending the annual Golden Horse Awards. The Chinese actor Tu Men(涂們) grabbed the chance to hit back when he was giving the prize on the stage. He said that “it is my honor to come to China Taiwan to attend the ceremony, I can feel that China and Taiwan are a family.”

Chinese actor Tu Men

Ang Lee, the chairman of Golden Horse Awards, commented for the happening, saying that he has no right to intervene what the stars should speak on the stage, and as a host, he’s tried his best. After the ceremony, many Chinese stars posted comments on Weibo, saying that “China has to be complete.”, presenting their patriotism while Taiwanese were offended since the award was unfortunately politicized.

Ang Lee, chairman of the Golden Horse committee