China’s official media on Wednesday gave a glowing endorsement to a Taiwanese film about a young Taiwanese woman whose mother was murdered by her father.
Shanghong Noon won the Best Foreign Film nomination at the 25th Shanghai International Film Festival.
It won the same category in 2011, and was also in contention for the Golden Globe last year.
The film won two Baftas in 2009, the same year it was released.
The film is set in the early 1980s in Taiwan, but the story has since been made into a popular film series in the United States.
It’s been nominated for a total of three Academy Awards, but won none of them.
The Taiwan-based director, Yu Huang-sheng, said in a statement that she was inspired to write and direct her first feature after seeing the popular series “Shanghaied,” which was shot on location in Taiwan.
She also cited Taiwan’s political and economic independence from China.
Yu Huang-Sheng, who has previously worked on such projects as “Shining Star,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and “The King of Kong,” said the Taiwanese version is different because it is set during the Taiwanese Cultural Revolution and the Taiwanese government is not present.
The main characters are also Chinese, she said.
She said the film’s theme of the tragedy that was sparked by her mother’s murder will resonate with audiences in Taiwan as well as overseas.
Yu said the movie is “very emotional” and that it is “totally based on the story of Shanghong.”
It’s also a story about the tragedy of Taiwanese independence, she added.
Taiwan has a reputation as a harsh dictatorship.
The island was split into Chinese and Taiwanese territories in the 1950s and the 1970s.
Its independence from the mainland in 1979 has come under international scrutiny.