‘Shoplifters’ director to attend Golden Horse Awards

Organizers of 56th Golden Horse Awards have invited Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda and actor Masatoshi Nagase, as well as other Taiwanese movie workers, to attend the ceremony this Saturday as awards presenters. (Courtesy of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival)
Organizers of 56th Golden Horse Awards have invited Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda and actor Masatoshi Nagase, as well as other Taiwanese movie workers, to attend the ceremony this Saturday as awards presenters. (Courtesy of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, known for “Nobody Knows,” “Still Walking,” “After the Storm” and “Shoplifters,” and actor Masatoshi Nagase will attend the 56th Golden Horse Awards this Saturday, the organizer said on Tuesday.

Masatoshi Nagase is also a member of the jury for the final round.

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for the movie “Like Father, Like Son” and won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for the movie “Shoplifters.” (Courtesy of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival)

The acclaimed director won the “Jury Prize” at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for “Like Father, Like Son” and the “Palme d’Or” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for “Shoplifters.”

The announcement is all good news for the local moviegoers who will also have the pleasure to see a string of Taiwan directors and actors during the ceremony, including Ang Lee (李安), Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖), known for directing “Cape No.7” and “Seediq Bale,” and last year’s best actress winner Hsieh Ying-hsuan (謝盈萱).

Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase is one of the award-winning presenters for the 56th Golden Horse Awards. (Courtesy of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival)

The annual Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards is organized by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee will unfold in Taipei Saturday.

It’s one of the most prestigious film awards in the Chinese-language cinema. Yet, several lead actors and filmmakers have declined the organizers’ invitation this year.

China reportedly barred Chinese nationals from attending the 2019 festival in protest against pro-independence comments made by Taiwanese documentary filmmaker Fu Yu (傅榆) at the awards presentation last year.

The controversial decision was followed by a string of cancelations for sponsors. Italian luxury carmaker Maserati suspended its sponsorship of Taiwan’s annual film awards last month, citing its support for the “one China” principle, the organizer announced in late October.

Despite the challenges, the committee executive director Wen Tien-hsiang (聞天祥) said the festival would go ahead as scheduled at the press conference on Oct. 24.

The film festival is taking place from Nov. 7 to 24 in Taipei, while the awards ceremony is scheduled on Nov. 23 at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館).