Soul Mate stars make history with joint Golden Horse Best Actress win

Above: Actor Fan Wei posing backstage after winning the Best Actor award for his movie, Mr No Problem, at the 53rd Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei yesterday. Right: Chinese actresses Zhou Dongyu (left in picture) and Ma Sichun all dolled up for th
Chinese actresses Zhou Dongyu (left in picture) and Ma Sichun all dolled up for the red carpet yesterday.PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Above: Actor Fan Wei posing backstage after winning the Best Actor award for his movie, Mr No Problem, at the 53rd Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei yesterday. Right: Chinese actresses Zhou Dongyu (left in picture) and Ma Sichun all dolled up for th
Above: Actor Fan Wei posing backstage after winning the Best Actor award for his movie, Mr No Problem, at the 53rd Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei yesterday.PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Duo beat favourite to win in night of upsets at Chinese Oscars

They play best friends who fall for the same guy in an acclaimed movie adapted from an Internet novel.

Last night, at the Golden Horse film awards in Taipei, the Chinese world's answer to the Oscars, Chinese actresses Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun made history by sharing the Best Actress Award for their affecting performances in Soul Mate.

Fellow Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who starred in I Am Not Madame Bovary, had been the favourite to be crowned Best Actress.

While she did not win, the movie's director, China's Feng Xiaogang was named Best Director for the movie about a woman's quest for justice.

Chinese director Zhang Dalei's The Summer Is Gone, about a boy's summer vacation, beat more fancied rivals to win the Best Feature Film award at the 53rd edition of the awards. Chinese actor Fan Wei was crowned Best Actor for political satire Mr No Problem.

 
 

Taiwanese dark comedy Godspeed, which had been tipped to win the top awards, won only a minor award for Best Art Direction.

The road movie-cum-crime caper by Taiwan's Chung Mong-hong and starring Hong Kong veteran comedy star Michael Hui, had led with eight nominations for awards like Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

Nor did The Road To Mandalay, which was shown here at the Singapore International Film Festival last week by Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Z, perform up to pre-show expectations. It did not win any major awards.

At last night's show, singer CoCo Lee sang classic movie love songs like I have Nothing, while Singaporean songbird Stefanie Sun sang a medley of Taiwanese songs.

French actress Juliette Binoche, Taiwanese star Shu Qi and South Korean heart-throb Song Seung Heon added to the glitz of the event at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Mandopop star Faye Wong's daughter Leah Dou, whose song for Soul Mate was nominated but did not win for Best Movie Theme Song, performed along with other nominees in the same category.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 27, 2016, with the headline 'Soul Mate stars make history with joint Golden Horse Best Actress win'. Print Edition | Subscribe