China suspends mainland movies, stars from participating in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards

  • China suspends mainland movies, stars from participating in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards

China suspends mainland movies, stars from participating in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards

The ministry statement was made that day in response to a WeChat post made by Chinese media affiliated with the China Film Administration that the administration is suspending Chinese movies and its personnel from attending the awards in November this year.

China has said it is banning Chinese movies and actors from the Golden Horse show in Taiwan, one of the most prestigious film award shows in Asia.

The Golden Horse awards ceremony will be held on Nov 23 in Taipei.

China has blocked its actors and directors from participating in the upcoming Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.

Fu set off a firestorm of criticism in China past year after she said during her acceptance speech that her biggest hope was for "our country" to be regarded as an "independent entity".

Meanwhile, a Taiwanese film and television worker who often travels between Taiwan and China told CNA that beginning previous year, Chinese filmmakers have been pressured to not work with their counterparts in Taiwan, and now with the suspension, many Taiwanese filmmakers in China are thinking about returning to Taiwan.

Chinese celebrities expressed outrage, lining up to support Beijing's claim to Taiwan. Taipei has repeatedly suggested the Chinese moves were aimed at manipulating Taiwanese presidential elections set for January 2020.

Entertainment industry figures in Taiwan and Hong Kong have routinely been blacklisted and had their work banned from mainland China after they expressed pro-independence or pro-democracy views.

Last year, Chinese movie "Dying to Survive" won and was nominated in seven award categories, while Chinese director Zhang Yimou won best director for his period film "Shadow".

Academy Award-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee, whose films include "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain" and who chaired the awards committee, appeared to anticipate the backlash to Fu's speech, telling reporters after the ceremony, "I hope that no one will come to interfere (with the awards)".

The question of Taiwan's formal independence is one of Beijing's most sensitive political concerns.

China's content regulator has also been extra cautious over its own media industry in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, withdrawing a few blockbusters and banning "entertainment-driven" historical dramas and idol dramas.

Reports of the suspension soon became a trending topic on China's Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service, with one related hashtag receiving more than 68 million views on Wednesday morning.

"Taiwan made this award political first, don't we have a right to punch back?" said a Weibo commentator.

'Politics aside, this is a lose-lose situation.

The events include an awards ceremony, a film festival, a Chinese-language film project platform, and a mentorship and development program, the committee said, adding that other questions regarding the impact of China's refusal to take part will not be answered until October 1.