In June, it was announced that Hong Kong director Johnnie To (杜琪峰) would be the jury president for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. In a time when political tensions between China and Taiwan are at an all-time high, all eyes were on the Hong Kong filmmaker, but now, that will all be let to history.
Johnnie To announced today that he will retire his position as jury president, a movie later confirmed by the Golden Horse committee. His position will be replaced by Taiwanese director Wang Toon (王童).
In an official announcement released by Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TFHFF), they said Johnnie had chosen to resign his position as jury president due to contract limitations in regard to a film investment. The announcement added that Johnnie has expressed his deepest regrets for being unable to participate. The committee, along with committee chairman Ang Lee (李安), has expressed their understanding of Johnnie’s position, and wished him good luck on his new film.
Wang Toon is a multi-award winning filmmaker, having won Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Short Animation, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume in his films. He will also be winning Golden Horse’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. His films include If I Were for Real <假如我是真的> and Where the Wind Settles <風中家族>.
Nominees for the 56th Golden Horse Film Awards will be announced on October 1, 2019. The ceremony will be held on November 23, 2019.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.