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China reportedly bans film companies from Golden Horse Awards

Beijing has reportedly banned all Chinese companies from participating in next year's Golden Horse Awards

Fu Yue (right).

Fu Yue (right). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The real-life drama continues with the Golden Horse Awards ceremony following news that China may have issued a ban on Chinese companies participating in the event in the wake of controversial comments made during a live televised broadcast of the awards ceremony.

The Apple Daily’s Hong Kong edition yesterday reported that the Chinese Communist Party’s publicity department has issued an order to the Film Bureau to ban all Chinese companies from participating in next year's Golden Horse Awards. The ban is reported to include all Chinese film companies, co-productions, and domestic Chinese films.

However, the Executive Committee of the Golden Horse Awards told Apple Daily that it has not been notified of such bans and is still planning to take applicants for the awards in June as regularly scheduled. The Cross-Strait Film Exchange Committee told Liberty Times that it is unaware of a Chinese boycott of the awards ceremony and said it "hopes Chinese-speaking filmmakers will continue to support the Golden Horse Awards."

The controversy during the 55th annual Golden Horse Awards ceremony kicked off when Taiwanese director Fu Yue (傅榆) accepted the Best Documentary award for her "Our Youth in Taiwan" (我們的青春,在台灣) and said that her greatest wish was that one day Taiwan "can be treated as a truly independent entity." The broadcast was then, reportedly, promptly cut off in China and a tidal wave of outrage soon ensued on Chinese social media.

Later in the show, while delivering the best leading actress award, Chinese actor Tu Men (涂們), said "I am very glad to have returned to the Golden Horse Awards of Taiwan, China. I feel that both sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family."

Tu’s comments shocked the audience and caused a social media storm in Taiwan. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) responded by saying "we have never accepted such saying as ‘Taiwan, China’ and will not accept it. Taiwan is Taiwan," in a Facebook post.

The drama continued when Chinese director Zhang Yimou (張藝謀) gave his acceptance speech for winning Best Director Award for "Shadow" and described the films nominated for a Golden Horse as "Chinese movies" representing the hopes of the Chinese film industry.

Following the fallout from the show, multiple Chinese actors, including actor Hu Ge, actress Zhou Xun, and singer Kelly Yu, cut their trips and promotional events short in Taiwan and beat a hasty retreat back to China.