Singapore’s ‘Ilo Ilo’ Wins 4 Golden Horse Awards, Zhang Ziyi wins Best Actress


IloIlo_imageIlo Ilo, the Singapore entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards has just won 4 Golden Horse Awards including Best Feature, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress.

The film has done very well in its festival run; winning the Caméra D’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Best First Feature at the London Film Festival, Best Feature and the FIPRESCI Prize at Molodist in Kiev, Best Director at Mumbai Film Festival, and several others.

The Golden Horse Awards are the Oscars of Chinese-language cinema and with it winning largely there today, this bodes well for its Oscar chances.  Ilo Ilo beat out stiff competition including that of Wong Kar Wai, Tsai Ming-liang, Johnnie To and Jia Zhangke.

Check out the Foreign Language Film predictions, which will be updated later this month, to see where we stand at the moment.  Full list of winners along with details and the trailer are below:

Best Picture
Drug War (China/Hong Kong)
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong/China)
Ilo Ilo (Singapore)*

Stray Dogs (Taiwan)
A Touch of Sin (China/Japan)

Best Director
Chung Mong-hong, Soul
Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin
Johnnie To, Drug War
Tsai Ming-liang, Stray Dogs*
Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster

Best Debut Director
Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo*

Hsu Chao-jen, Together
Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, Cold War
Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis
Zhao Wei, So Young

Best Leading Actor
Nick Cheung, Unbeatable
Lee Kang-sheng, Stray Dogs*
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, The Grandmaster
Tony Leung Ka-fai, Cold War
Jimmy Wang, Soul

Best Leading Actress
Sammi Cheng, Blind Detective
Gwei Lun-mei, Christmas Rose
Cherry Ngan, The Way We Dance
Shu Qi, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster*

Best Supporting Actor
Chen Tian Wen, Ilo Ilo
Huang Bo, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
LI Xuejian, Back to 1942*
Eddie Peng, Unbeatable
Tong Dawei, American Dreams in China

Best Supporting Actress
Crystal Lee, Unbeatable
Lin Mei-hsiu, To My Dear Granny
Susan Shaw, Tales from the Dark Part 1
Xue Hong, Longing for the Rain
Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo*

Best New Performer
Dong Zijian, Young Style
Huang Shao-yang, Together
Koh Jia Ler, Ilo Ilo
Kuo Shu-yau, Step Back to Glory*
Yang Liang-yu, A Time in Quchi

Best Original Screenplay
Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo*

Robert Chou, Zhang Ji, Aubrey Lam, American Dreams in China
Arthur Chu, To My Dear Granny
Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin
Wai Ka-fai, Yau Nai-hoi, Ryker Chan, Yu Xi, Drug War

Best Adapted Screenplay
Stephen Chow, Derek Kwok, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Li Qiang, So Young*

Liu Zhenyun, Back to 1942

Best Cinematography
Nagao Nakashima, Soul
Lu Yue, Back to 1942
Yu Like Wai, A Touch of Sin
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster*
Liao Pen Jung, Shong Won Chong, Lu Qing Xin, Stray Dogs

Best Documentary
Boundary Revelation, Ibak Image Studio
Pusu Qhuni, ARS Film Production
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Backstage Studio Co.
Beyond Beauty, Taiwan From Above, Taiwan Aerial Imaging*

Audience Choice Award
The Grand Master

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
Yeh Ju-Feng*
Liao Ching-Song
Tsai Ming-Hsiu

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chen Chen



Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family – troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale’s antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.