'Warlords' on a high Horse

Chan film, 'Cape No. 7' top noms at Taiwan fest

Peter Chan's "The Warlords" garnered 12 nominations and Wei-Te Sheng's local boxoffice champ "Cape No. 7" grabbed nine at the 45th annual Golden Horse Awards noms Thursday.

The noms for "Warlords" include best feature, director and leading actor (Jet Li). "Cape No. 7," this year's top-grossing film in Taiwan, is up for outstanding Taiwanese film of the year.

Other films in contention include "The Assembly," with six noms, and "Ocean Flame," with five. John Woo's historical epic "Red Cliff," "Orz Boys" and "Trivial Matters" each received four.

The day provided a bit of controversy as organizers said that Taiwanese-born actor Kaneshiro Takeshi had been disqualified from the filmmaker of the year category because he's a Japanese citizen.

The Dec. 6 awards ceremony provides a coda for the Golden Horse Film Festival, which this year is attempting to broaden its domestic audience by splitting the nearly monthlong event between two cities.

The festival begins Nov. 6 in Taipei with a screening of Mong-Hong Chung's "Parking," then shifts south to Taichung in mid-November for its last two weeks.

Organizers said the split-city approach is an effort to serve viewers in central and southern Taiwan who might otherwise not travel to Taipei.

"We've chosen a lot of crowd-pleasers this year, not just art house flicks," said program director Patrick Jia, who worked with 20th Century Fox for 12 years.

More than 130 features will crisscross 12 categories. Gala screenings include Petri Kotwica's "Black Ice" and "Tokyo!" the triptych from directors Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax and Michel Gondry.

The fest closes Dec. 4 with French director Cedric Klapisch's "Paris" and Taiwanese director Li-chou Yang's documentary "Beyond the Arctic." (partialdiff)
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