Jury members meet the press ahead of 'Chinese Oscars'

In less than two weeks, the so-called 'Oscars' of the Mandarin-language film industry, Taiwan's 52nd Golden Horse Awards, will be announced.

Though he has served as a jury member before, it is the first outing as jury president for movie director Chen Kuo-fu. He says Oscar comparisons set the bar high for the Golden Horse Awards.

Jury President Chen Kuo-fu

Jury members meet the press ahead of 'Chinese Oscars'

"You should feel a sense of honor because you're working on the 'Oscars' of the Mandarin language film industry. So then you need to have the vision and the aspiration of the Oscars. For the next two weeks, I will try to do my best with this job," Chen said.

He was speaking at a press conference Tuesday, along with 11 other jury members, including Hong Kong veteran director, Teddy Chan. Chan says he owes a lot to the Golden Horse Awards.

"I have a lot of emotional ties to Taiwan. I lived here during my middle-school years. I've opened up a business here. My first time as a director was an opportunity given to me by someone from Taiwan. My first nomination was not from the Hong Kong Film Awards; it was from the Golden Horse Awards. It's a very meaningful journey for me to come back here. I hope to be of help to the film festival," Chan said.

The Golden Horse Awards are considered to be the highest accolades in Chinese language cinema. Hou Hsiao-hsien's picturesque martial arts film "The Assassin" is the front-runner, with 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction.

Just behind, with 10 nominations, is fellow Taiwan director Chang Tso-chi's "Thanatos, Drunk.”

Other nominees include Hong Kong police drama and film festival favorite, melodrama "Mountains May Depart" from Chinese mainland director Jia Zhangke.

The Golden Horse Film Festival runs in Taipei until November 26. The awards ceremony, hosted by Taiwan television star Mickey Huang and model-turned-actress Lin Chi-ling, will take place November 21.