The controversy surrounding the Golden Horse Awards continues. Earlier in August, the China Film Administration pulled back all there participants from taking part up this year's award. Recently, filmmakers based in Hong Kong have announced that they won't be taking part in the event as well. Hong Kong director Johnnie To, who originally was going to serve as the chair of this year's jury, has resigned from the position. Following the shocking announcement, the Golden Horse Film Festival Committee asked award-winning Taiwanese director Wang Toon to take over the position.
"The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords", featuring Andy Lau and Louis Koo, was well received in Taiwan when it was released earlier this summer. However, the film won't be taking part in this year's Golden Horse Awards. It is one of the four Hong Kong movies that declined to take part in the award. The other three are "Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy", "Chasing the Dragon 2" and "No.7 Cherry Lane".
Another gloom continues to surround the upcoming award ceremony. The awards' executive committee dropped a bombshell and announced that Hong Kong director Johnnie To, who was originally going to serve as the chair of the jury, has resigned from his position citing fulfilling his contractual obligations. Ang Lee, the chairperson of the award, has asked Taiwanese director Wang Toon to take over the position.
Maybe it was Ang Lee who asked (literary critic) Wen Tien-hsiang to ask me (to take up the position). I said okay. We're good friends and we've served as head of jury. If they asked me to take up the position, I'll do it. I don't care about the rest.
Wang Toon's movies have won several Golden Horse Awards, he himself has received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Upon Ang Lee's request, Wang has taken up the position as the head of jury after Hong Kong director Johnnie To resigned. After the China Film Administration announced that all Chinese movies and filmmakers will not be taking part in this year's award, the production companies in Hong Kong followed suit and pulled out of the event. "Taoism of Youth", the only Chinese documentary that was going to take part at the award, was also pulled from the event after the director withdraw his previous remark and declined to take part. Some scholars believes that it's unfortunate that the stalling cross-strait relations have affected people outside politics.
Maybe politics have affected the decision. After China declined to send its films (to the Golden Horse Awards), the public in Taiwan won't get a chance to see those movies. It's a real pity.
The Golden Horse Awards will continue to open its doors to filmmakers from around the world.
The nominees for the 56th Golden Horse Awards will be announced in October, and the award ceremony will be held in November. The latest development means that no Chinese film will take part in the event and talents from both sides of the Taiwan Strait won't get a chance to exchange ideas at the ceremony.