Golden Horse red carpet: Hot stars in cold rain

Taiwanese film-maker Hou Hsiao-hsien's graceful action movie, The Assassin, won five Golden Horse Awards, including Best Film, in Taipei last Saturday. On the red carpet, a different sort of grace was on show, as the stars sizzled in couture in the rain.

Shu Qi


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Stand back. The star of The Assassin is in full smouldering mode. Scorched by her gaze, you might barely notice she is dressed like an Arabian dancing girl - or worse, an Arabian dancing girl in wet clothing.

Karena Lam


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The star of the Taiwan bereavement drama Zinnia Flower, who won Best Actress, tries on a witchy look for the red carpet. But it will take more than a black dress and a dark red lipstick to magically turn her into a femme fatale.

Chiling Lin


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The Golden Horse host plays it safe, almost basic, with a black Zuhair Morad dress, a flash of cleavage and bright red lips.

Gwei Lun-mei


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The Taiwanese star makes a bold choice, wearing an unusual dress with a voluminous pannier by exiting Christian Dior designer Raf Simons. Unfortunately, she also looks like she is packing a bench under her gown.

Ha Ji Won


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For better or for worse, the K-drama star is having a bridal moment. Her white lace dress would be less out of place at a wedding banquet, probably. Still, she sure does seem radiant.

Sylvia Chang


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Kudos to the star of the Hong Kong musical The Office for keeping it real. A sensible adult can cover up on a cold night, and still look good on the red carpet.

Simon Yam


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People, never try this at home. The sexy brigand look can only be pulled off by PhD-level charmers such as Yam. Even Johnny Depp would look dumb in this.

Chang Chen


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Mid-life crisis alert: Is the star of The Assassin mulling over a mid-career switch to rock stardom in Japan? Also, why did no one warn him that his trousers are too long?