Hong Kong film noir “Limbo” (智齒) won the non-competition Golden Horse Audience Choice Award in Taipei Friday night.
The film’s second lead Mason Lee (李淳) and producer Kevin Tse (謝國豪) accepted the award on behalf of the cast and crew at the award presentation ceremony held one day ahead of the 59th Golden Horse Awards.
Lee said he was extremely happy the film won the audience choice awards.
“I had done some Q&As with audience members who watched the film,” Lee said. “But, I was unsure if people were just being polite. Winning the film shows me that people really enjoyed it.”
Lee is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of detective Yam Hoi (任凱) at this year’s Golden Horse Awards.
The actor not only worked hard to speak Cantonese like a Hong Kong native but also for the hard action sequences often shot in wet and hot conditions.
“We shot the film in the summer and the director wanted us to wear slick suits. The hardest things to shoot were the action sequences. I even got a fever right after one of my fights,” Lee said.
“Limbo” is a crime thriller surrounding the investigation of a serial killer. The film follows Gordon Lam’s (林家棟) detective Cham Lau (劉中選) and Lee’s Yam as they are aided by a drug addicted street urchin, who decides to help the police as an act of personal penance.
With 14 nominations, the film garnered the most number Golden Horse nominations this year.
Meanwhile, Taiwan family drama “Coo-Coo 043” (一家子兒咕咕叫) by writer and director Chan Ching-lin (詹京霖) won the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival’s FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award the same night.
The film is a 2022 Taiwanese family drama set in the world of pigeon racing, revolving around a struggling family who are dependent on the sport to make a living, as they face the threat of an economic downturn, the rebelliousness of their teenage daughter, and the disappearance of their son.
The film also saw its national premier on Friday.
Chan accepted the award on behalf of the cast and crew, stating that the film was very hard to make, and only successfully completed thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication.
Chan said he hopes the win will boost the box office numbers and lead to more wins at the Golden Horse Awards.
“The hardest thing was that everything was uncertain,” Chan said. “Even though I finished the script beforehand, everything was uncertain and up in the air on set every day when working with pigeons. I might have to change a scene on the spot, so I lived in anxiety every day.”
Chan went on to thank the seasoned actors who carried the film, which was an unconventional choice when it comes to Taiwanese cinema.
“All my actors were great, and I am happy they are nominated,” he said. “While Taiwan has a lot of great actors like the two seasoned leads of my movie, these actors tend to lack the opportunity to lead features in Taiwan, as younger faces tend to be preferred.
The film is nominated for 13 Golden Horse Awards, tying with Taiwan’s first found-footage supernatural horror film “Incantation” (咒).
Founded in 1930, the FIPRESCI Prize promotes film-art and encourages new and young cinema.
The 59th Golden Horse Awards is the first time Golden Horse Award-winning cinematographer Lee Ping-bing (李屏賓) has headed the executive committee of the awards since taking over from U.S.-based Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee (李安) this year.
The annual Golden Horse Awards, established in 1962, are considered one of the most prestigious and time-honored film awards in Chinese-language cinema.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel