Updated at: 11/24/2012 9:05 AM
(AP) TAIPEI, Taiwan - China’s "Beijing Blues" has won the best film award at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival, an event considered the Chinese-language Oscars. Hong Kong’s Johnnie To is taking home the best director’s award
"Beijing Blues" portrays the lives of the ordinary urban dwellers through the work of a squad of plainclothes crime-hunters.
At Saturday’s ceremony, To won the award for directing "Life Without Principle," a movie about ordinary citizens’ struggles in hard economic times.
The film has also won veteran Hong Kong actor Lau Ching Wan the best actor’s award. Lau portrays a triad thug seeking to recover money lost in a loan shark scheme.
Taiwan’s Gwei Lun-mei won the best actress award for portraying a woman involved in a romantic triangle in "GF-BF" or "Girlfriend-Boyfriend."
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