TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Films from Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan split the honors Saturday at Taiwan's 50th Golden Horse movie awards, the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars.
Singaporean social drama "Ilo. Ilo" won for best film, best new director for Anthony Chen and best original screenplay.
"Ilo. Ilo" tells of the relationship between a Filipina maid and the family she serves in Singapore during the Asian recession of 1997. The maid's friendship with the family's young son ignites the jealously of his mother, even as she becomes an integral part of the family.
Hong Kong's highly touted "The Grandmaster" won for best actress — China's Zhang Ziyi — and in four minor categories, including best cinematography, but its failure to win best director for Wong Kar Wai may have been seen by some as a disappointment.
Loosely based on the life of martial arts legend Ip Man, "The Grandmaster" employs many of Wong's well-known trademarks, including frequent use of slow motion. Critics say it raises the martial arts genre to a new level, much in the way that Taiwan's Oscar-winning director Ang Lee did in 2000 with his "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."