The 53rd Golden Horse Awards were held in Taipei on November 26. Mainland Chinese director Zhang Dalei's The Summer Is Gone, a black-and-white drama about a boy's last summer vacation before entering junior high, emerged as the surprise winner, beating out I Am Not Madame Bovary, The Road to Mandalay, Soul Mate, Godspeed and Trivisa for Best Film. The film also won Best New Performer for its child star Kong Weiyi
Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun shared Best Leading Actress honors for their roles as close friends through the years in Soul Mate while Fan Wei was crowned Best Leading Actor for his role in the black-and-white Lao She-based drama Mr. No Problem, which also won Best Adapted Screenplay. Feng Xiaogang, who did not attend the awards ceremony last year when he won Best Actor, was on hand this year to receive the Best Director prize for I Am Not Madame Bovary.
Young Taiwan actor Austin Lin of coming-of-age drama At Café 6 edged out Paul Chun, Eric Tsang and Lam Suet to become the dark horse winner in the Best Supporting Actor category. Veteran Elaine Kam, meanwhile, earned her second Best Supporting Actress Prize after 22 years for Mad World. The Hong Kong drama about coping with mental illness also won Best New Director for Wong Chun.
Hong Kong crime drama Trivisa picked up Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing while detective comedy Chinatown Detective won Best Action Choreography and Best Makeup & Costume Design. Other technical prizes went to Crosscurrent (Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design), Mojin: The Lost Legend (Best Visual Effects) and Chung Mong Hong's Godspeed, which had led with eight nominations but got shut out of all categories except Best Art Direction. Taiwan musician Lim Giong won Best Original Film Score for the fourth time for his work on City of Jade, and Zee Avi's Arena Cahaya from Ola Bola was named the Best Original Film Song.
87-year-old Taiwan screenwriter Chang Yung Hsiang, who has written over 120 film scripts, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.YumCha