Founded in 1962, the Golden Horse Film Festival -- often called the Oscars of Asia -- is an annual fixture on Taipei’s cultural calendar.
For directors, producers, actors and fans of Chinese-language cinema, the festival -- scheduled this year for Nov. 24 -- gets better every year. And if you're wondering why it's called the Golden Horse Film Festival and why the award handed out to winners is in the shape and color of a golden horse, there's a good story here.
And this year it's one with a share of controversy.
Turns out that when the festival got its start , Taiwan and China were mortal enemies, and the tiny "frontline islands" of Jinmen and Matsu along China's coast were part of Taiwan's territory. They served as a military defense halfway between Japan and communist China.
The first character of the...