2021 Golden Horse Film Festival will open with HO Wi-ding’s latest work TERRORIZERS
Documentary on legendary director LI Hsing KEEP ON WALKING: THE MAN AND HIS HIGHER COURSE invited as Closing film
2021 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival will take place between November 11th and November 28th; the festival announces this year’s opening film and closing film today. Opening Film TERRORIZERS is a directorial collaboration of Golden Horse Awards Best New Director winner HO Wi-ding and HU Chih-hsin, starring Golden Horse Awards winners Austin LIN and DING Ning, along with Annie CHEN, JC LINN, Moon LEE and Pipi YAO; the screening at Golden Horse will be its Asian premiere. Closing Film KEEP ON WALKING: THE MAN AND HIS HIGHER COURSE is the documentary about legendary Taiwanese director LI Hsing, helmed by HO Ping; world premiere of this documentary at Golden Horse is also the behest of the late filmmaker.
HO Wi-ding was born in Malaysia and started his filming career in Taiwan. His debut feature PINOY SUNDAY won him the Best New Director at the 47th Golden Horse Awards, in 2018, CITIES OF LAST THINGS earned four nominations with DING Ning winning the Best Supporting Actress. In the much-anticipated TERRORIZERS with intense emotions and more sophisticated style, HO once again teams up with DING, along with Best Supporting Actor winner Austin LIN, Annie CHEN, JC LIN, and emerging performers Moon LEE and Pipi YAO. A seemingly random attack accidentally unveils their love and dreams, desires and revenge deeply hidden beneath the loneliness. These once familiar strangers thus diverge into different futures and fates.
HO expresses his gratitude on having TERRORIZERS as Opening Film, noting that over the years he has made films in Taiwan and is continuously encouraged by Golden Horse, whether being nominated, winning awards, invited as juror or participating in the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion. “I’d like to share this honor and happiness with all those who believe in TERRORIZERS in the very beginning. Thank you all and thanks to Golden Horse”, HO noted.
The passing of the famed filmmaker LI Hsing in August has shocked the industry and audience alike. Golden Horse therefore invites the documentary KEEP ON WALKING: THE MAN AND HIS HIGHER COURSE, helmed by HO Ping, as Closing Film. The documentary embodies LI’s spirits on films and beliefs on life, with in-depth analysis of correlation between his films in varied times and the development of Taiwanese cinema. The film also captures some rare aspects of LI in real life, touching and unmissable with historical value.
LI Hsing’s films have won seven Best Narrative Feature at the Golden Horse Awards, and he also won three Best Director along with a Lifetime Achievement Award; LI also served as the Chair when Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee first established. Producer of KEEP ON WALKING: THE MAN AND HIS HIGHER COURSE CHOU Yang-Ming shares LI Hsing’s remark, “the documentary about me ought to have its world premiere in Taiwan, at the Golden Horse Film Festival. That’s for sure”. Director HO Ping also notes, “for director LI Hsing, this is a return with joy and happiness; for me and my production team, it’s an utmost honor as we stand on the shoulder of the giant. Not only did he dedicate his whole life to cinematic arts, LI also saved the very last of him for his beloved Golden Horse”.
The festival will also screen LI Hsing’s masterpiece EXECUTION IN AUTUMN (Digitally Restored), winner of five Golden Horse Awards, including Best Narrative Feature and Best Director. The restoration was completed by Taiwan Film & Audiovisual Institute in 2020.
2021 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival will be held between November 11th and November 28th; tickets for sale starting from October 30th. In addition to the regular physical festival, the Golden Horse Virtual Cinema (https://virtual.goldenhorse.org.tw) also goes online with the support of professional streaming platform Shift72. For more info and updates on the festival, please check the official website, Facebook Fanpage and Instagram.