'The Assassin' biggest winner at 52nd Golden Horse Awards

'The Assassin' biggest winner at 52nd Golden Horse Awards Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien's (侯孝賢) martial arts film "The Assassin" (刺客聶隱娘) emerged as the biggest winner at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday, grabbing five awards, including best feature film. The highly praised film entered the competition with 11 nominations. Hou picked up the best director award, while the film also won best cinematography, best makeup and costume design, and best sound effects at the awards, the Taiwanese equivalent of the Oscars. In his acceptance speech, Hou thanked the jury and his longtime film crew. "For us, the most important thing is that we continue to make the best films," he said. Set in ninth-century China, "The Assassin" tells the story of a general's daughter -- Nie Yinniang -- who was trained by a nun since she was 10 to become an assassin. Taiwanese films captured a total of 12 Golden Horse awards this year, a major boost for local filmmakers, who have seen their Chinese and Hong Kong rivals dominate the most important film event in Taiwan over the past few years. The night's second biggest winner was also a Taiwanese film, "Thanatos, Drunk" (醉‧生夢死) by director Chang Tso-chi (張作驥). The film, which entered the competition with 10 nominations, won four awards: best supporting actress award for Lu Hsueh-feng (呂雪鳳), best new performer award for Lee Hong-chi (李鴻其), as well as best original film score and best film editing. "Thanatos, Drunk" follows the story of two brothers, one straight and one gay, as they struggle to find a foothold in life after the death of their mother, who is an alcoholic. Meanwhile, Taiwanese actress Karena Lam (林嘉欣)won the best lead actress award for her role as a woman who loses her fiancé in "Zinnia Flower," which deals with heartaches and losses. Chinese director and actor Feng Xiaogang (馮小剛) won the best lead actor award for his role as an old hooligan in the action comedy "Mr. Six." Hong Kong actor Michael Ning (白只) nabbed the best supporting actor award for his role as a murderer in the crime thriller "Port of Call." Chinese director Bi Gan (畢贛) went away with the best new director award for his debut film "Kaili Blues." The lifetime achievement award was presented to actress Lee Li-hua (李麗華), while Hou Hsiao-hsien was named the Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year. A complete list of winners at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards is as follows: [Best Feature Film] The Assassin [Best Animation Feature] McDull: Me & My Mum [Best Documentary] The Chinese Mayor [Best Short Film] The Death of A Security Guard [Best Director] Hou Hsiao-hsien / The Assassin [Best Leading Actor] Feng Xiaogang / Mr. Six [Best Leading Actress] Karena Lam / Zinnia Flower [Best Supporting Actor] Michael Ning / Port of Call [Best Supporting Actress] Lu Hsueh-feng / Thanatos, Drunk [Best New Director] Bi Gan / Kaili Blues [Best New Performer] Lee Hong-chi / Thanatos, Drunk [Best Original Screenplay] Jia Zhangke / Mountains May Depart [Best Adapted Screenplay] Pema Tseden / Tharlo [Best Cinematography] Mark Lee / The Assassin [Best Visual Effects] Wook Kim / The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D [Best Art Direction] William Chang, Alfred Yau / Office [Best Makeup & Costume Design] Hwarng Wern-ying / The Assassin [Best Action Choreography] Xu Haofeng / The Master [Best Original Film Score] Lin Shangde, Tseng Yun-fang / Thanatos, Drunk [Best Original Film Song] Aka pisawad (Lyric: Suming.Rupi; Composer: Suming.Rupi; Performer: Suming.Rupi / Wawa No Cidal [Best Film Editing] Chang Tso-chi / Thanatos, Drunk [Best Sound Effects] Tu Duu-chih, Chu Shih-yi, Wu Shu-yao / The Assassin [Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year] Hou Hsiao-hsien [Audience Choice Award] Mountains May Depart [FIPRESCI Prize] Kaili Blues [Lifetime Achievement Award] Lee Li-hua (Courtesy of CNA)