TAIPEI - Renowned Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien on Sunday took home the accolade of Best Director from the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival for his first historical martial arts piece "The Assassin".
Although the movie did not win the festival's biggest award, the Palme d'Or, as many had hoped, the achievement has nonetheless been hailed as Hou's biggest win from the seven times the director has taken part in the festival.
When accepting the award, Hou said he feels that being given the award after seven times at the festival is a great motivator for him, as it is hard to shoot and find backers to fund filmmaking.
The director went on to thank his leading Taiwanese stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen, as well as his entire crew for making the win a possibility, followed by a final thank you delivered in French.
Following his win, Hou attended a joint press interview where he said that culture is a unique human attribute and the result of the accumulation of time. As such, movies about people filmed anywhere in the world could be screened and understood by all.
In response to whether he feels regret at not winning the Palme d'Or, Hou said that everyone struggles with the problem of winning when entering film festivals anywhere.
However, he does not trouble himself with such problems, since what matters to him most at the end of the day is what he has made, what the significance of his production is, and if he understands what he wants to make. "Creators must not think that they must win," Hou was quoted as saying.
Local Composer Wins Cannes Soundtrack Award for 'The Assassin'
Before Hou was given the best director accolade, local composer Lim Giong scored the first win for "The Assassin," by winning the Cannes Soundtrack Award for his work on the movie.
Though Lim was not present to receive the award, the musician previously gave the director his gratitude for encouraging him to pursue his career as a film composer when Lim took home the Best Original Film Score award at the 50th Annual Golden Horse Awards for his work on the film "A Touch of Sin", which won the Cannes Best Screenplay Award back in 2013.