Johnnie To Quits Golden Horse Awards as China Builds Pressure

Variety | 9/19/2019 | Patrick Frater
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Leading Hong Kong film maker Johnnie To has dropped out of the Golden Horse Awards, where he was set to be president of the jury deciding the prize winners.

The awards, which take place and are organized from Taiwan, have long been considered the most prestigious prized in Chinese-language cinema. However they are currently under sustained pressure from mainland Chinese authorities, which have ordered a boycott by mainland films and talent.

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The Golden Horse Awards announced To’s resignation on its website and its Facebook page. It blamed To’s other work commitments and said that Taiwanese director and designer Wang Toon would take his place as jury head.

“Johnnie To has resigned as the Jury President for the 56th Golden Horse Awards, due to previously signed film production contractual obligations. To expresses his regret and apology for the inconvenience, while the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee and the Chair Ang Lee show their understanding and wish the best to him,” said the awards organizers in Chinese and English.

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The Awards last year attracted the opprobrium of mainland authorities when documentary award winner Fu Yue used her acceptance speech to campaign for Taiwan’s independence. The island is currently democratic and has been self-governed for 70 years. But China considers it to be a rebel province with which it will one day be reunited – by force if necessary.

Fu’s independence speech was quickly greeted with...
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