Taiwanese director Chang Tso-Chi has been sentenced to serve almost four years behind bars for sexually assaulting a woman last year (13). The Soul of a Demon filmmaker was found guilty of raping a woman playwright when she was under the influence of alcohol at a party in his Taipei, China studio in May, 2013.
Tso-chi initially denied the charge, but changed his plea after DNA evidence tied him to the crime.
He subsequently pleaded mitigating circumstances and claimed the victim came on to him and did not object while they were having sex.
He was sentenced to serve three years and 10 months in prison on Friday (13Jun14). The victim is reportedly planning to appeal his short sentence.
The low-budget family drama beat Hong Kong's Bodyguards and Assassins and China's Judge to take the event's most coveted prize.
Saturday (20Nov10) proved to be a big night for Taiwan - filmmaker Chung Mong-hong triumphed in the Best Director category, landing the title for his drama The Fourth Portrait, while singer-turned-movie star Ethan Juan Ching-tien claimed the Best Actor award for his turn as a gangster in Monga.
The Best Actress honour was handed to China's Lu Liping for City Monkey, while top Hong Kong martial arts star Sammo Hung walked away with the Golden Horse for Best Action Choreography for Ip Man 2.