Singapore, H.K. films get Golden Horses

AFP-JIJI

The Singaporean family drama “Ilo Ilo” was the surprise winner of the prize for best feature film at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan on Saturday, and kung fu epic “The Grandmaster” scooped the most gongs at the Chinese-language “Oscars.”

“Ilo Ilo” — director Anthony Chen’s first feature-length film — was the dark horse for the award, beating off stiff competition from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” Johnnie To’s “Drug War,” Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” and Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs.”

Chen also scooped the best new director and best original screenplay prizes for his film, based on his own experiences, which tells the story of a Filipino maid who befriends the troubled son of the Singaporean family she works for.

“The Grandmaster,” inspired by the life of Yip Man, the mentor of kung fu star Bruce Lee, collected five awards — including best actress for Zhang Ziyi, best cinematography and best visual effects.

Taiwan’s Lee Kang-sheng won best actor for his role as the father of a homeless family living on the margins of society in “Stray Dogs.”