Taiwanese win best new director award at HK film festival

Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen recognized at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2018

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Mag Hsu, third left, accepting award at Hong Kong Film Festival 2018

Mag Hsu, third left, accepting award at Hong Kong Film Festival 2018 (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese directors Mag Hsu (徐譽庭) and Hsu Chih-yen (許智彥) were presented with the best new director award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2018 today, for their acclaimed film “Dear Ex” (誰先愛上他的), reported CNA.

“Dear Ex” was met with unexpected interest throughout the film festival, with organizers putting on two additional showings to meet public interest.

The film was nominated for eight awards at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, also known as the “Chinese Oscars,” and won three. Hsieh Ying-hsuan (謝盈萱) was named Best Leading Actress, and “Dear Ex” also won Best Original Film Song, and best Film Editing awards.

“Dear Ex” was recognized in Hong Kong for the film’s moving script, outstanding directing technique, and superb acting, reported CNA.

Mag Hsu accepted the award and said that the accolade was unexpected and very moving, and added that she was not aware of the award before the event, and just hoped to meet the audience during film screenings.

“Dear Ex” also broke the NT$50 million (US$1.62 million) box office barrier in Taiwan over the weekend.


"Dear Ex” trailer. Video from Warner Brothers Taiwan’s YouTube channel.