November 25, 2016
'Inside Men,' 'The Wailing' Top Korea's Blue Dragon Awards
Crime thriller "Inside Men" was named as best picture at South Korea's annual Blue Dragon film awards. Lee Byung-hun also won for his lead role in the film as playing a vengeful political henchman.
The awards (a.k.a Cheongryong) shone a spotlight on key titles at the end of a strong year for Korean film, both critically and at the box office. Last year awards were shared between major hits and indie releases.
"When I read the script, I thought it was a bit exaggerated, because it's a fictional work. But at this point, it seems as if the reality is even more overwhelming than the movie," said Lee in his acceptance speech. That was a reference to the bizarre incidents and political turmoil currently gripping Korea.
Winner of the most prizes was Na Hong-jin's occult thriller "The Wailing," which took home five trophies. The Fox release won best director for Na, best supporting actor for Japan's Jun Kunimura, who also won a special award given to the most popular star of the year, and two technical awards.
The best actress award went to Kim Min-hee for her role in Park Chan-wook's Cannes competition entry, "The Handmaiden." The film also won best debut actress for Kim Tae-ri.
Lee Joon-ik's black and white movie about historical figure Yoon Dong-ju, "Dongju; The Portrait of A Poet," won best screenplay for producer-scriptwriter Shin Yeon-shik and the best debut actor for Kang Ha-neul.
Yoon Ga-eun won best debut director for "The World of Us," which debuted at Berlinale in February.
Yeon Sang-ho's zombie actioner "Train to Busan," the year's box office champion, was awarded prizes for the highest audience and for best editing.
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