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Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013

Rigor Mortis
"Rigor Mortis" (Juno Mak)

The competition this year was of very high quality. Among the outstanding films were Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi), Jia Zhang-ke's A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) that won the award for Best Screenplay in Cannes, Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs (Jiao you) that won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice, and Johnnie To's Drug War (Du zhan).  Anthony Chen said that the people standing next to him on the stage were "my seniors whom I adored when I studied in film school". These filmmakers followed the tradition of presenting one's own story on the screen and that is why their films are well received all over the world.

Because of the growth of the Chinese entertainment industry, many Chinese-language films today are geared towards Hollywood cinema. This phenomenon is particularly strong in Taiwanese films. In such circumstances, it is said that Tsai Ming-liang is planning to give up on film and that Stray Dogs will be his last. However, when handing Tsai Ming-liang the Best Director award, Ang Lee said "I feel like making a film again".

Taiwanese Ang Lee moved to Hollywood. Malaysian Tsai Ming-liang moved to Taiwan. Both established themselves in a foreign country.  By receiving an encouraging message from Director Lee whom he admires, Tsai Ming Liang may rethink his retirement plan. (Harumi Nakayama)

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013 (Taiwan, October 25 November 28, 2013). FIPRESCI Jury: Elise Domenach (France, president), Paolo Bertolin (Italy), Harumi Nakayama (Japan), Cecilia Wong (Hong Kong / guest member), Alphonse Youth Leigh (Taiwan / guest member). FIPRESCI Prize: Rigor Mortis by Juno Mak (Hong Kong, 2013, 105min). Print Source: Fortissimo Films (Van Diemenstraat 100, Amsterdam 1013 CN, The Netherlands), Phn: +31 20 627 32 15, Fax: +31 20 626 11 55, web:, e-mail:


Contemplating the State of Asian Cinema. Jackie Chan, Chen Chong and the great Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, are some of the better known winners of the Taipei Golden Horse awards of previous years. They are now joined by the young filmmaker Anthony Chen who was named Best New Director for his film Ilo Ilo that also took the Best Film award. Harumi Nakayama' report. arrow.
My Art Director is Time. Élise Domenach made an interview with director Tsai Ming-liang. arrow.
Bringing Back the Living Dead. Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis and the undying genre-bending tradition of Hong Kong cinema. Paolo Bertolin's review. arrow.



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