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China's 'Beijing Blues' wins at Taiwan film fest

Associated Press Modified: November 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: November 24, 2012

Best supporting actor went to Hong Kong's Ronald Cheng for his role in "Vulgaria," about the financial capital's struggling film industry.

Controversial Chinese director Lou Ye did not receive the widely expected award for directing box-office hit "Mystery." But at the ceremony, Lou received a rare mention for eventually directing a movie that was screened in Chinese theatres.

"Mystery" — about a woman's radical revenge after uncovering her husband's infidelity — is seen as marking Lou's entry into the commercial mainstream after years on the social and artistic edge.

Lou's films have long focused on sensitive subjects like sex, violence and politics, and have repeatedly been censored by China's cultural authorities.

A special award for outstanding movie worker was presented to Huang Yu-siang, a 25-year-old blind Taiwanese pianist in real life, for his first movie shot in Taiwan's "Touch of the Light," about young artists pursuing their dreams.