Ang Lee Arrives in Taiwan to Judge Golden Horse Awards

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Ang Lee

The two-time Oscar-winner gave a brief press conference at the Taipei airport upon arrival, saying he's ready to screen four films a day as jury chair for the upcoming 50th Golden Horse Awards.

Taiwan's most influential film figure, Ang Lee, returned to his homeland from New York Monday to begin screening the nominees for the 50th Taipei Golden Horse Awards, where he will preside as chair of the competition jury.

The two-time Oscar winner gave a quick press briefing at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport shortly after arrival, stating that he was honored to be serving in the top role for the event.

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The Golden Horse Horse Awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 23, capping off the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Often referred to as Taiwan's version of the Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards are the oldest and most established film honors in Chinese cinema.

At the airport Lee also shared a little of his commonsense approach to his position. "As chairman of the jury, my main mission is to maintain order rather than giving my own opinions," he said, according to local press. "Over the next 12 days, we'll look at about four films each day."

Lee is no newcomer to the ins and outs of weighty film festival jury duties. Earlier this year he served under chairman Steven Spielberg on the main competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival, where they awarded Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Colour the Palme d'Or, and Chinese director Jia Zhangke best screenplay honors.

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Aside from chairing the festival’s jury, Lee will also partake in a new sidebar program called “Encounters with the Masters,” along with seven other celebrated Chinese-language filmmakers. Each director will screen one of their most important works and share their approach to filmmaking in a Q&A session. The other seven autuers taking part are Zhangke, Johnnie To, Ann Hui, Tsai Ming-liang, Stanley Kwan, Peter Chan and Lou Ye.

This 50th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival runs Nov. 8-28.