Hong Kong Pulls Out of Golden Horse Awards Following Chinese Ban
The Chinese film industry has banned Chinese filmmakers from submitting their entries for the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, which will be held on November 23 in Taipei.
According to reports, many Hong Kong films are also following China’s lead, with some Hong Kong film companies withdrawing their nominations for the prestigious film award. Notable production companies like EEG are changing their focus for China’s Golden Eagle Awards instead.
Hong Kong actors Andy Lau (劉德華), Louis Koo (古天樂) and their film The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords <掃毒2天地對決> was reported to have removed its nominations from the list of contenders. Universe Entertainment, the production company behind The White Storm 2, said it never submitted the film to the Golden Horse Awards in the first place.
Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy <使徒行者2：諜影行動> starring Nick Cheung (張家輝), Louis Koo, and Francis Ng (吳鎮宇), and No. 7 Cherry Lane <繼園臺七號> directed by Yonfan (楊凡), also cancelled their submissions. Hong Kong’s Media Asia Entertainment announced that it will not be competing for the Golden Horse Awards this year. Filmko Entertainment said it will respect the China Film Administration, and its managed artists will not be attending the awards.
Filmko managed artists include Gigi Leung (梁詠琪) and Him Law (羅仲謙).
There were reports claiming that Theory of Ambitions <風再起時> starring Tony Leung (梁朝偉) and Aaron Kwok (郭富城) was submitted for Best Picture, but Mei Ah Entertainment has since denied the reports, saying that the film is still in its post-production period and therefore was never submitted for competition.
The first Golden Horse Award ceremony was held in 1962, and was known as the Chinese version of the Oscars. The ceremony, alongside the Hong Kong Film Awards, were regarded as two of the most prestigious film awards in Asia.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.