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Friday, November 7, 2008

2008 Golden Horse Film Festival Opens in Taipei

The 2008 Golden Horse Film Festival kicked off on Thursday evening in downtown Taipei with the opening movie "Parking" directed by Taiwan's Chung Mong-hong, the entertainment news agency TUNGSTAR reports.

As one of the most influential film events in the Chinese-language movie industry, this year's Golden Horse film festival will present nearly 200 movies from all over the world, most of which have been successfully screened during other important international film festivals.

The success of Chinese-language films could still be seen by the box office success of the sold-out movie "Parking" starred Taiwan's top movie star Chang Chen, and young actress Kuai Lun-Mei, who rose to fame for her role in pop king Jay Chow's directorial debut "Secrets Cannot be Told" in 2007.

An exhibition featuring the classic works of prestigious director Lee Hsing, who's widely respected for his far-reaching influence in film arts and social culture, will also be launched as part of the film festival.

Besides the cast and crew of many of the festival's movies, French director Laurent Cantet, winner of this year's Palme d'Or Award for his film "Entre les Murs" at the Cannes Film Festival, also attended the festival opening.

The movie carnival will travel to Taichung, in west-central Taiwan, during its one-month run

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