Director Ang Lee has had three films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and one of these films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is the only Taiwanese film to have won the award.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1957, and regularly since 1980. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[3] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[4]

For the purposes of Oscar submissions, AMPAS recognizes China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate entities, and each one regularly submits a film to the competition. Taiwan became the first of the three ethnic Chinese entities to enter the competition in 1957.

To date, Taiwan has submitted forty-seven films for Oscar consideration. Three Taiwanese films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and all three nominated films were directed by Ang Lee: The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is the only Taiwanese film to have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[5][6] Taiwan initially selected Ang Lee's Lust, Caution in 2007, but AMPAS did not accept the film saying that was not a majority-Taiwanese production. Directors Chen Kunhou and Hou Hsiao-hsien have each had three films selected to represent Taiwan, but none received an Oscar nomination.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[4] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Taiwan for review by the academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Film title used in nomination Original title Language Director Result
Amina 阿美娜 Mandarin Yuan Congmei Not nominated
Lovers' Rock 情人石 Pan Lei Not nominated
The Silent Wife 啞女情深 Lee Hsing Not nominated
Execution in Autumn 秋決 Not nominated
Eight Hundred Heroes 八百壯士 Ting Shan-hsi Not nominated
The Legend of the Six Dynasty 六朝怪談 Wong Guk-gam Not nominated
If I Were for Real 假如我是真的 Wang Toon Not nominated
The Battle for the Republic of China 辛亥雙十 Ting Shan-hsi Not nominated
Growing Up 小畢的故事 Chen Kunhou Not nominated
Old Mao's Second Spring 老莫的第二個春天 Lee You-ning Not nominated
Kuei-Mei, a Woman 我這樣過了一生 Chang Yi Not nominated
The Heroic Pioneers 唐山過台灣 Lee Shing Not nominated
Osmanthus Alley 桂花巷 Chen Kunhou Not nominated
My Mother's Teahouse 春秋茶室 Not nominated
A City of Sadness 悲情城市 Hou Hsiao-hsien Not nominated
Song of the Exile 客途秋恨 Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, English Ann Hui Not nominated
A Brighter Summer Day 牯嶺街少年殺人事件 Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese Hokkien Edward Yang Not nominated
Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring 暗戀桃花源 Mandarin Stan Lai Not nominated
The Wedding Banquet 喜宴 Mandarin, English Ang Lee Nominated
Eat Drink Man Woman 飲食男女 Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Japanese, Cantonese, Shanghainese Nominated
Super Citizen Ko 超級大國民 Taiwanese Hokkien Wan Jen Not nominated
Tonight Nobody Goes Home 今天不回家 Mandarin Sylvia Chang Not nominated
Yours and Mine 我的神經病 Wang Siu-di Not nominated
Flowers of Shanghai 海上花 Cantonese, Shanghainese Hou Hsiao-hsien Not nominated
March of Happiness 天馬茶房 Taiwanese Hokkien, Japanese, Mandarin, Shanghainese Lin Cheng-sheng Not nominated
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍 Mandarin Ang Lee Won Academy Award
The Cabbie 運轉手之戀 Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien Chen Yiwen, Huakun Zhang Not nominated
The Best of Times 美麗時光 Mandarin, Hakka, Taiwanese Hokkien Chang Tso-chi Not nominated
Goodbye, Dragon Inn 不散 Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien Tsai Ming-Liang Not nominated
20 30 40 Mandarin Sylvia Chang Not nominated
The Wayward Cloud 天邊一朵雲 Tsai Ming-Liang Not nominated
Blue Cha Cha 深海 Chen Wen-Tang Not nominated
Island Etude[7] 練習曲 Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, English, Lithuanian Chen Hwai-en Not nominated
Cape No. 7 海角七號 Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin, Japanese Wei Te-sheng Not nominated
Cannot Live Without You 不能沒有你 Hakka, Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin Leon Dai Not nominated
Monga 艋舺 Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin Doze Niu Not nominated[8]
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 賽德克‧巴萊 Seediq, Japanese, Taiwanese Hokkien Wei Te-sheng Made shortlist[9]
Touch of the Light[10] 逆光飛翔 Mandarin Chang Rong-ji Not nominated
Soul[11] 失魂 Chung Mong-Hong Not nominated
Ice Poison[12] 冰毒 Southwestern Mandarin, Burmese Midi Z Not nominated
The Assassin[13] 刺客聶隱娘 Mandarin Hou Hsiao-hsien Not nominated
Hang in There, Kids![14] 只要我長大 Mandarin, Atayal Laha Mebow Not nominated
Small Talk[15] 日常對話 Taiwanese Hokkien Huang Hui-chen Not nominated
The Great Buddha+[16] 大佛普拉斯 Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin, English Huang Hsin-yao Not nominated
Dear Ex[17] 誰先愛上他的 Mandarin Mag Hsu, Hsu Chih-yen Not nominated
A Sun[18] 陽光普照 Chung Mong-hong Made shortlist[19]
The Falls[20] 瀑布 Not nominated
Goddamned Asura[21] 該死的阿修羅 Lou Yi-an Not nominated
Marry My Dead Body[22] 關於我和鬼變成家人的那件事 Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien Cheng Wei-hao Not nominated

See also


  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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