Taiwanese actor Wu Nien-hsuan will 'work harder' after missing out on Golden Horse Award

Actor Wu Nien-hsuan said he was contented to be nominated for a Golden Horse Award.
Actor Wu Nien-hsuan said he was contented to be nominated for a Golden Horse Award.PHOTO: DON WONG FOR THE THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Taiwanese actor Wu Nien-hsuan might have lost his shot at a Golden Horse Award, but he is not discouraged.

The 22-year-old was nominated for best new performer at this year’s awards for his role as a spirit medium in the horror film The Tag-Along 2.

But last Saturday (Nov 25), the award went to Taiwanese-Lebanese actress Rima Zeidan for her role as a young woman who raises parrots in the drama film Missing Johnny.

Wu, who was in town on Wednesday (Nov 29) to promote the new Taiwanese drama Age Of Rebellion, told The Straits Times that he was contented to be nominated.

He said: "Not winning is a pity, but I will work harder in the future. In particular, I am drawn to darker, more psychological roles that explore more of the human psyche."

Making an appearance with him at a Taiwan TV and cinema showcase at the Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore was his co-star, Taiwanese actress Yang Ching.

The idol drama, by cable TV network TVBS, currently has no air date here.

In the show, Wu plays a trouble-maker and Yang a policewoman. Expect lots of clashes – even physical fights – between their characters.

In one scene, Yang was supposed to grab Wu by the back of his pants to make him fall. He got more than he bargained for when she accidentally grabbed the back of his underwear instead.

“He just gave me this shocked expression,” said Yang.

Wu added: “Well, the camera was still rolling. We couldn’t stop.”

The idol drama touches on issues such as youthful rebellion, school life and drugs.

Wu said: “Hopefully, the show will allow viewers to revisit some of their negative experiences in the past, and help them better understand the emotions and trauma of these experiences. In this way, hopefully, the show will allow them to ‘heal’."

Another show that was presented was the idol drama My Dear Boy, by cable TV network Gala Television. Promoting it were Taiwanese actors Derek Chang, Greg Hsu and Zhang Guangchen.

Chang, 24, who plays a lead role in the show, said: “It is about a boy who grows up into a man - finding love – and wondering why humans make things so complicated.

“When I watched the trailer for it just now, it was very moving and made me feel like crying.”

The showcase, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, was hosted by Taiwan’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development to introduce the territory’s TV and film products to foreign buyers and the media.