Lee Hong-qi's movie wins prize in Venice

11 September, 2023

Courtesy of ICRT


Taiwanese Director Lee Hong-qi's debut movie "Love Is a Gun" has been awarded the prize for best first feature at the Venice International Film Festival.


The award makes Lee the first Taiwanese director to score a win in the debut category at the annual film festival.


Lee was also the scriptwriter and lead actor in the movie that tells the story of a young man who is released from prison but discovers that he cannot escape his past.

During the award ceremony, Lee paid tribute to the Chinese-language filmmakers who had won awards at the Venice festival in previous years and also thanked his cast, crew and family for their contribution to his success.


Lee won the Best Actor prize at the Taipei Film Awards in 2015 and also took home the Golden Horse Award for Best New Performer that same year, for his performance in the movie "Thanatos, Drunk."


It's the first time a Taiwanese film has won an award at the Venice International Film Festival since 2013 - when Tsai Ming-liang won a grand jury award for his movie, "Stray Dogs."

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