26th November 2023 – (Taipei) Actress Brigitte Lin and director-cinematographer Chen Kun-hou were honoured with lifetime achievement awards at the 60th Golden Horse Awards, held in Taipei on Saturday. The esteemed event, established in 1962, is renowned as one of the most prestigious and time-honoured film awards in the realm of Chinese-language cinema.
Brigitte Lin, 69, began her cinematic journey with her debut film “Outside the Window” in 1973. She quickly rose to prominence with several other notable works, including “Cloud of Romance” in 1977, “Moon Fascination,” and “A Love Seed” in 1979. These films, which were blockbuster hits, were adapted from romance novels penned by acclaimed Taiwanese novelist Chiung Yao. They are widely regarded as the epitome of romantic drama, according to the official Golden Horse Awards website.
Lin’s talent and charisma transcended national boundaries as she garnered international recognition by starring in award-winning director Wong Kar Wai’s films “Chungking Express” and “Ashes of Time” in 1994.
Throughout her illustrious career, Lin earned two nominations for the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress, courtesy of her outstanding performances in “Magnificent 72” in 1980 and “The Switch” in 1982. She eventually clinched the coveted award at the 27th Golden Horse Awards with her remarkable portrayal in “Till the End of the World” in 1990.
Expressing her heartfelt gratitude, Lin stated, “I have returned to the land of my birth from afar to receive this lifetime achievement award. I wish to dedicate this honor to my parents, who experienced immense worry for me during my film career.” Reflecting on her journey, she added, “I commenced my acting career at the age of 17 and starred in over 100 films within a span of 22 years. I extend my sincere thanks to Chiung Yao, as her debut novel ‘Outside the Window’ played a vital role in launching my career. Now, standing on the same stage where I was crowned Best Actress 33 years ago, this achievement serves as the impetus to propel me towards new milestones.”
Meanwhile, Chen Kun-hou, 84, an esteemed figure in the film industry since the 1960s, received his own lifetime achievement award. He embarked on his career as a director of photography in the 1970s, and his contributions were duly recognized with two prior Golden Horse awards for Best Cinematography. The accolades were bestowed upon him for his exceptional work on “He Never Gives Up” in 1979 and “His Matrimony” in 1985.
During his acceptance speech, Chen expressed profound gratitude for his six-decade-long journey, stating, “Over the past 60 years, I have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost, I would like to express my gratitude to my wife for her unwavering support, allowing me to devote my time and resources to film production. I owe her a debt of gratitude that cannot be measured.”
Recognizing the collaborative nature of filmmaking, Chen emphasized, “Films cannot be created by a single individual; they require the collective efforts of thousands of people. I am incredibly grateful for this.”