'Lust' sweeps Golden Horses

2007-12-09 21:07:44 Shanghai Daily

Taiwan actor Wang Lee-hom (L), director Ang Lee (C) and Chinese mainland's actress Tang Wei pose as they arrive on the red carpet for the 44th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei Dec. 8, 2007. (Photo: chinadaily.com.cn/Agencies)

ANG Lee's steamy "Lust, Caution" trotted off as the big winner on Saturday at the 2007 Golden Horse awards, the most coveted Chinese-language film prizes, picking up seven honors including best director and best film.

The awards are a spectacular occasion for the Chinese-speaking world, with top talent from the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong turning out each year for the red-carpet event in Taipei.

"Lust, Caution," the favorite going into the star-studded event, also helped Lee win the award for outstanding Taiwanese film maker of the year.

"Lust" won best leading actor honors for Hong Kong star Tony Leung.

Lee's most prominent Chinese-language film since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, and had much stronger publicity than its rivals.

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

Chen returned to the limelight at this year's Golden Horses, picking up the best leading actress award for her role in "The Home Song Stories."

Pop star Jay Chou's directorial debut "Secret" also did well, winning awards for best original song and visual effects, as well as the outstanding Taiwanese film of the year.

Lee said he was not optimistic about his film's chances in next year's Oscars.