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Lee film sweeps Taiwan 'Oscars'
Ang Lee with Tang Wei
Ang Lee received two Golden Horses while actress Tang Wei won one
Ang Lee's controversial spy thriller Lust, Caution has won a host of prizes at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan.

The World War II drama was named best picture at the annual event - seen by many as the Chinese-language equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Lee won the best director prize, while his leading man Tony Leung Chiu-wai was named best actor.

Co-star Tang Wei won a newcomer award, while Lee was also named outstanding Taiwanese filmmaker of the year.

Additional honours went to Lust, Caution for its screenplay, score and make-up and costume design.

Cast member Joan Chen also had something to celebrate after being named best actress for another film, The Home Song Stories.


Tony Leung Ka-fai, Chiu-wai's near-namesake, was named best supporting actor for his role in The Drummer.

Lust, Caution's awards haul follows the Golden Lion prize it won at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Joan Chen
Joan Chen was named best actress, though not for Lust, Caution

The raunchy drama, however, will not be up for next year's best foreign film Oscar after the Academy ruled too few people from Taiwan were involved in its production.

Set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II, the film follows the fortunes of a young woman embroiled in a plot to seduce an enemy collaborator.

Lee's other films include Hulk, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain.

The Golden Horse awards, held in Taipei, mostly feature films from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

This year's event was marked by controversy when two submissions from mainland China, Tuya's Marriage and Blind Mountain, were forced to withdraw.

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