'When Love Comes,' 'Honey Pu Pu' Tops in Taipei

The two features win four trophies each at the Taipei International Film Festival's awards ceremony.

HONG KONG – The 13th Taipei International Film Festival concluded with the Taipei Awards ceremony, with director Chang Tso-chi’s When Love Comes and Cheng Hung-I’s Honey Pu Pu leading the pack with four statuettes each. Documentaries Taivalu and A Gift for Father's Day - The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 1 shared the Grand Prize, as well as the best documentary award.

Nineteen awards were given out at the ceremony, where Chinese actress Tang Wei and Japanese actor Toru Nakamura were presenters. 

Chang’s When Love Comes won the best narrative feature award, but the best director award went to Honey’s Cheng.

Previous Golden Horse winner Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh took home the Taipei Award best actress statuette for her performances in two of this year’s Taipei International Film Festival entries, Honey Pu Pu and Make Up, while acting veteran Wu Peng-fon was named best actor for his performance as a gangster ex-con in Ranger.

But director Lin Yu-Hsien’s tale of a lost gymnast, Jump Ashin!, won the popular vote and took home the three awards, including the audience’s choice award and press award. 


Taipei Awards Winners:

Grand Prize: Taivalu; A Gift for Father's Day - The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 1

Best Narrative Feature: When Love Comes

Best Short Film: The Blackout Village

Best Animation: The Other Side

Best Documentary: Taivalu; A Gift for Father's Day - The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 1

Audience Choice Award: Jump Ashin!

Best Director: Chen Hung-I, Honey Pu Pu

Best Actress: Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh, Make Up; Honey Pu Pu

Best Actor: Wu Pong-fong, Ranger

Best Supporting Actress: He Zi-hua, When Love Comes

Best Supporting Actor: Lawrence Ko, Jump Ashin!

Best New Talent: Li Yi-jie, When Love Comes

Best Screenplay: When Love Comes

Best Cinematography: Honey Pu Pu

Best Editing: My Buddies

Best Music: Honey Pu Pu

Best Art Design: Libangbang

Press Award: Jump Ashin! ; The Man Behind the Book

Outstanding Contribution Award: Li You-xin (film critic)