Ilo Ilo scoops six Golden Horse nominations

Ilo Ilo scoops six Golden Horse nominations
A still from Ilo Ilo, with (from left) Koh Jia Ler, Angeli Bayani, Yeo Yann Yann and Chen Tianwen. Homegrown director Anthony Chen beat Japanese film-maker Hirokazu Kore-eda to win the award for Achievement In Directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Thursday.

Singapore drama Ilo Ilo has reaped a bumper crop of six nominations at this year's Golden Horse Awards.

It has been nominated for Best Feature Film, Best New Director for Anthony Chen, Best Supporting Actor for Chen Tianwen, Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann Yann, Best New Performer for Koh Jia Ler and Best Original Screenplay for Anthony Chen.

The awards ceremony, the Chinese-language movie world's equivalent of the Academy Awards, will be held on Nov 23.

Anthony Chen, 29, told The Straits Times: "I've watched the Golden Horse Awards from young and know it's very important for cinema and for Chinese people all over the world. And given that it's celebrating its 50th year, what more can we ask for?" He had been watching the live announcement of the nominations on Tuesday on YouTube.

Ilo Ilo is about a Singapore family's experience during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and its relationship with a Filipino maid. Chen Tianwen and Yeo play the couple, Koh plays their son, and Filipino stage and screen actress Angeli Bayani plays the maid. The movie had grossed $780,000 in Singapore as of Sept 30.

It is also the Singapore film that has earned the highest international film honour to date, having won for its director the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Debut Feature.

A record 265 films were submitted for Golden Horse nominations this year. The most-nominated work is Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai's period martial arts drama The Grandmaster, with 11 nods.

Previous Singaporeans to have tasted victory at the Golden Horse Awards are Ricky Ho (Best Score in 2011 for historical epic Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale) and Megan Zheng (Best New Performer in 2003 for Jack Neo's Homerun).

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