Is China’s Golden Rooster Taking the Industry from Taiwan’s Golden Horse?

This year, Taiwan’s very own Golden Horse Awards, known as Asia’s Oscars, will be running on its own. Due to rising political tension between China and Taiwan, many Chinese artists are backing out of Taiwan’s film ceremony, including Hong Kong as well. Even Hong Kong director Johnnie To (杜琪峯), who was announced to serve in Golden Horse’s jury, had to resign his position days only after accepting it.

Reportedly, China’s very own film awards ceremony, the Golden Rooster Awards, will be held on November 23rd this year, the same day as the Golden Horse Awards. Last week, a list of Golden Rooster nominees and guests were leaked online, revealing quite a few big-name artists who would attend, such as Jackie Chan (成龍), Chow Yun-fat (周潤發), Andy Lau (劉德華), Louis Koo (古天樂), Nick Cheung (張家輝), Tony Leung Ka-fai (梁家輝), and Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉).

Taiwan’s very own Eddie Peng (彭于晏), Nana Ou-yang (歐陽娜娜), Mason Lee (李淳), and Wu Chun (吳尊) from Brunei will also be attending.

But these stars are not listed to be attending the Golden Horse Awards.

Hong Kong’s The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords <掃毒2天地對決>, which stars Andy Lau and Louis Koo, was originally nominated for a Golden Horse award, but due to pressure from China, the film gave up its nomination.

Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy <使徒行者2諜影行動> starring Nick Cheung and Louis Koo; and Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch <追龍2賊王> starring Tony Leung Ka-fai, also gave up their nominations after their original submission.

However, these films will reportedly be competing for awards at the Golden Rooster Awards.

But this list is still rumored and may not be true at all. Mason Lee was reached out for comment about the nomination and guest list, to which his manager said, “We never received an official invite. We have no idea what’s going on. He’s in America right now and is staying there for a while.”


This article is written by Addy for

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  1. Last year, a Taiwan director ask for independence for Taiwan. She got part of her wish.
    I do wonder who will attend the China Golden Roaster.

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