Documentary-making boom shows divergence between Taiwan, China
The 2010 Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary went to Hip-Hop Storm, directed by Su Che-hsien – a young, first-time Taiwanese filmmaker still earning his masters degree.
This news boosted domestic filmmakers’ confidence because Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang, a Chinese-Canadian director, and KJ by Cheung King-wai, a Hong Kong director, won that award in the last two years.
In the 1st CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) this year, more than 100 documentary entries from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau vied for the first place with a NT$ 300,000 cash prize.
Taiwan’s filmmaker Shen Ko-shang beat other rivals to receive the award for his Double Happiness Limited: The Crazy Chinese Wedding Industry, a film about the values of love and marriage shared by Taiwanese and Chinese, and the wedding photography industry that generates profits of at least NT$10.5 billion per year in Taiwan.