GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS: China’s Feng Xiaogang takes director prize

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang (???) won the Golden Horse Award for best director on Saturday with his melodrama "I Am Not Madame Bovary" (??????).

It was the third time that the 58-year-old acclaimed director, screenwriter and actor has won a Golden Horse Award.

Feng previously won best adapted screenplay in 2005 with the action drama "A World Without Thieves" (????) and best lead actor in 2015 for his role as a ruffian in the action comedy "Mr. Six" (???).

Judges said Feng "challenged tradition" with his narrative, composition and casting in "I Am Not Madame Bovary," and described the film as a display of Feng's "originality and determination."

"I Am Not Madame Bovary" went into the event with five nominations, including for best feature film.

The other best director nominees were Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong (???) for "Godspeed" (????), Myanmar-Taiwanese director Midi Z (???) for "The Road to Mandalay" (????), Hong Kong's Johnnie To (???) for "Three" (???), and Hong Kong's Derek Tsang (???) for "Soul Mate" (?????).

Feng, who received the award from director Hou Hsiao-hsien (???) and French actress Juliette Binoche, thanked his screenwriter, cinematographer, producers and actress Fan Bingbing (???), who he said is a star but did not take a penny for her work.

"Thank you Golden Horse Awards and judges. Thank you for proving again that it was correct that I chose to film this way," Feng said, referring to the film's unique round framing.

"I Am Not Madame Bovary" is about a woman who conspires with her husband to get a fake divorce in order to secure a second apartment, only to have him betray her and remarry someone else. After being swindled by her ex-husband, the woman spends a decade fighting China's legal system to have her divorce nullified.

Born in 1958 in Beijing, Feng has created many blockbuster films, such as "A World Without Thieves," "If You Are the One" and "Cell Phone." He is best known for his comedies.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel