Golden Horse Awards: Surprising Environmentally Conscious Winner + Wong Kar-Wai Drama Bypassed

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol tops Golden Horse Awards. Environmentally conscious Tibet-set WesternKekexili: Mountain Patrol: Golden Horse Awards' Best Film. Surprisingly, Lu Chuan's relatively little-known, environmentally conscious Tibet-set “WesternKekexili: Mountain Patrol beat Wong Kar-Wai's star-studded international hit 2046. Kekexili ended up winning only one other Golden Horse Award, Best Cinematography for Cao Yu.

Top Golden Horse Award goes to surprising winner: Lu Chuan's environmentally conscious 'Western' 'Kekexili: Mountain Patrol'

Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan's second feature film, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol was the Best Picture winner at the 2004 Golden Horse Awards, announced on Dec. 4.

Inspired by Peng Hui's documentary Balance, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol is set in northwestern Tibet's remote Kekexili a.k.a. Qinghai Hoh Xil region – “the largest and highest plateau in the world,” according to UNESCO. The film chronicles the fight between local rangers and poachers – the latter group seemingly intent on killing off the endangered Tibetan antelope.

Best Actor Andy Lau

Hong Kong star Andy Lau took home the Best Actor award for his performance in the cop drama Infernal Affairs III, while veteran Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-Mei topped the Best Actress category for playing the emotionally repressed mother of a rebellious teenager in Lin Cheng-sheng's 1960s-set melancholy family drama The Moon Also Rises.

Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To was the Best Director for the action thriller Breaking News, starring Richie Jen and Kelly Chen.

Bai Ling was chosen Best Supporting Actress for her work in Dumplings, while Daniel Wu was the Best Supporting Actor for Benny Chan's Hong Kong action thriller New Police Story.

'2046' surprisingly bypassed in most categories

Nominated for eight Golden Horse Awards, including Best Film (but not Best Director), Won Kar-Wai's international hit 2046 ended up topping only two categories: Best Original Score (Shigeru Umebayashi, Peer Raben) and Best Art Direction (William Chang, Yau Wai Ming).

The Golden Horse Awards are given to films produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

Golden Horse Awards: Winners & nominations

Best Feature Film
* Kekexili / Kekexili Mountain Patrol.
Breaking News.
The Moon Also Rises.
One Nite in Mongkok.

Best Director
* Johnnie To, Breaking News.
Fruit Chan, Dumplings.
Derek Yee, One Nite in Mongkok.
Lu Chuan, Kekexili / Kekexili Mountain Patrol.

Best Leading Actor
* Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs III.
Jacky Cheung, Golden Chicken 2.
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, 2046.
Duobuji, Kekexili / Kekexili Mountain Patrol.

Best Leading Actress
* Yang Kuei-Mei, The Moon Also Rises.
Zhang Ziyi, 2046.
Sylvia Chang, Rice Rhapsody.
Chuan Wang, Autumn of Blue.

Best Supporting Actor
* Daniel Wu, New Police Story.
Eric Kot, A-1 Headline.
Tony Leung Kar-fai, A-1 Headline.
Cheung Siu Fai, Throw Down.

Best Supporting Actress
* Bai Ling, Dumplings.
Kate Yeung, 20 30 40.
Lee Sinje, 20 30 40.
Eugenia Yuan, The Eye 2.

Best New Performer (tie)
* Tony Yang Yu-Nin, Formula 17.
* Hong Hao-Xuan, Bear Hug.
Tian Yuan, Butterfly.
James Chen, Splendid Float.

Best Original Screenplay
Cheng Wen-tang, Cheng Jing-fen, The Passage.
Lu Chuan, Kekexili / Kekexili Mountain Patrol.
* Yau Nai Hoi, Yip Tin Shing, Au Kin Yee, Throw Down.
Huang Liming, Wang Shaudi, Bear Hug.

Best Screenplay Adaptation
Lee Chi Ngai, Magic Kitchen.
* Lin Cheng Sheng, The Moon Also Rises.
Yan Yan Mak, Butterfly.

Best Documentary
Stone Dream, Hu Tai-Li.
* Chronicle of Sea Nan-Fan Ao, Hsiang-Hsiu Lee.
Shihkang Story, Ku Hsiu-Fei.

Best Animation
* Mcdull, Prince De La Bun.
The Butterfly Lover.

Best Cinematography
Christopher Doyle, Lai Yiu-Fai, Kwan Pun-Leung, 2046.
* Cao Yu, Kekexili / Kekexili Mountain Patrol.
Yang Wae Hang, Shong Woon Chong, The Moon Also Rises.
Keung Kwok Man, One Nite in Mongkok.

Best Film Editing
* David Richardson, Breaking News.
Yau Chi Wai, New Police Story.
Tin Sam-Fat, Chan Ki-Hop, Dumplings.
Chen Bo-Wen, Liu Chun-hsiu, Stone Dream.

Best Original Film Score
* Shigeru Umebayashi, Peer Raben, 2046.
George Chen, Jeng-Yu Chang, Yu-Wei Chang, Splendid Float.
Kawasaki Masahiro, Rice Rhapsody.
Lim Giong, The World.

Best Original Film Song
* “Floating Water Splendor,” Splendid Float.
“Out of Body Love,” Running on Karma.
“Moon Maiden Floating Light,” The Moon Also Rises.
“Flush Flush Flush,” The Best Bet.

Best Art Direction
Wong Ching Ching, Choo Sung Pong, Oliver Wong, New Police Story.
Dong-Lu Huong, Chuong-Ren Huong, Splendid Float.
Lin Cheng Sheng, Hushouh Chen, The Moon Also Rises.
* William Chang, Yau Wai Ming, 2046.

Best Make up & Costume Design
William Chang, Yau Wai Ming, 2046.
Stephanie Wong, Running on Karma.
* Jean Chen, Wei-Joung Lai, Splendid Float.
Yee Chung-Man, Pater Wong, Dumplings.

Best Visual Effects
Stephen Ma, Running on Karma.
* Victor Wong, Brian Ho, New Police Story.
Stephen Ma, Breaking News.
Shiao Li-shiou, Lamb.

Best Action Choreography
Yuen Bun, Running on Karma.
Yuen Bun, Breaking News.
* Lee Chung Chi, Jo Stunt Team, New Police Story.
Chin Ka Lok, One Nite in Mongkok.

Best Sound Effects
Kinson Tsang, New Police Story.
Tu Du-Chih, 2046.
* Cao Yuan-Fong, The Passage.
Tu Du-Chih, Sacrificial Victims.

Best Short Film
* The Magical Washmachine, Lee Yun Chan.
Lamb, Studio Apeman.
Stars by the Window, Chiu Li-Wei.

Lifetime Achievement Award: A-Pi Po.

Audience Choice Award: New Police Story.

Best Taiwanese Film of the Year: Splendid Float.

Best Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year: Chen Bo-Wen for Stone Dream.


Golden Horse Awards website.

Image from Golden Horse Awards' Best Film winner Kekexili: Mountain Patrol: Samuel Goldwyn Films.

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