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Chinese film Uncle Victory wins at Shanghai film fest despite sex scandal

Published on Jun 23, 2014 5:42 PM

Shanghai - A public screening of the Chinese movie The Uncle Victory was cancelled at this month's Shanghai International Film Festival, after it emerged that its star Huang Haibo had been arrested for hiring a prostitute.

Despite the sex scandal, the drama directed by Zhang Meng and co-starring Zhang Xinyi came in second on Sunday, and was given the Jury Grand Prize by the panel led by actress Gong Li, said NetEase website.

The Greek romance Little England won the biggest haul of awards, including the first prize, the Golden Goblet for best film. The movie, about two sisters in love with the same seaman, had two other wins: best director for Pantelis Voulgaris and best actress for Pinelopi Tsilika.

Huang, the 37-year-old star of the 2013 hit television show We Get Married, was arrested on May 15 and detained for 15 days. He has since been sent to another facility for six months of re-education. He had been tipped to win best actor for his role as a gangster who emerges from prison and tries to start a new life by running a kindergarten.

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