SINGAPORE – Film-maker Anthony Chen says that he is “astonished” by theatre veteran Yang Shi Bin’s nomination for a Golden Horse award for Best Supporting Actor.

Chen says that Yang, 71, won the honour despite a couple of handicaps. His much younger co-star, Koh Jia Ler, 18, is also nominated in the same category. Two actors from the same film getting nods in the same category is rare, says Chen. And Yang earned it despite not having any speaking lines.

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