'A Simple Life' big winner at Taiwan film festival

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Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng, third from left, and Taiwanese actors of the movie “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” Bokeh Kosang, first left, and Lin Ching-tai, forth left, pose with other actors at the 48th Golden Horse Awards, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Wei is nominated for Best Director of the film " Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale " at this year's Golden Horse Awards -one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hong Kong's Ann Hui has won the best director award for her movie "A Simple Life" at Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Festival.

The jovial veteran director says she was surprised that Saturday's award did not go to one of the promising younger directors also nominated at the event for Chinese-language movies.

"A Simple Life" also won Andy Lau the best actor award and Deanie Ip the best actress honor. Ip plays a domestic helper who copes with her own aging while serving her master, played by Lau.

Lau said the awards would encourage Hong Kong's lagging film industry to keep producing good movies.

The best film award went to Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng's "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," an epic film about an aboriginal tribe's uprising against Japanese colonial rulers.