Ang Lee leads pack for Golden Horse awards

Wed Dec 5, 2007 11:17pm EST
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By Doug Young

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Ang Lee's steamy "Lust, Caution" is the odds-on favorite to clean up at the 2007 Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, the most coveted Chinese-language film prizes, in a year where China-Taiwan politics has played a controversial role.

Despite a low profile in the West, the Golden Horse is a star-studded occasion, with top talent from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China turning out each year for the red-carpet event in Taipei.

Lee's movie, his most prominent Chinese-language film since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," has been nominated for 12 awards, including best film and best director, at a ceremony set for Saturday in his native Taiwan.

The movie, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, is competing for best film with three lesser known titles. "The Home Song Stories," about a Hong Kong nightclub singer who emigrates to Australia, "Getting Home," about a Chinese migrant worker returning home after a sudden death, and "what on earth have i done wrong?!," a political comedy.

"Lust" has the advantage of far more publicity than any of its rivals, having screened for several months in Taiwan, said Lee Yun-fen of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive.

"It should have pretty strong chances because so many people have seen it," she said. "It's very persuasive."

The awards feature mostly films from Taiwan and Hong Kong. In addition to Lee, luminaries on this year's list include Hong Kong film stars Tony Leung and Aaron Kwok, and China-born Joan Chen, who burst on to the movie scene in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" in 1987.

Taiwan pop star Jay Chou is also up for outstanding Taiwanese filmmaker of the year for his directorial debut "Secret."   Continued...

<p>Director of the movie Ang Lee (C) poses with cast members Tang Wei (L) and Wang Leehom at the premiere of "Lust, Caution" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, October 3, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>