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VETERAN Triumphs at the 25th Buil Film Awards
Oct 20, 2016
- Writerby Pierce Conran
DONGJU and THE HANDMAIDEN Earn 3 Prizes Each
The Buil Film Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious film awards ceremonies in South Korea, which is hosted by the Busan Ilbo, held its 25th edition on October 7th, during the Busan International Film Festival. This year’s Best Film Award winner was RYOO Seung-wan’s Veteran, which also took home the Best Cinematography Award for CHOI Yeong-hwan.
The biggest prize-winners this year were LEE Joon-ik’s DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet and PARK Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden. DONGJU earned awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay (SHIN Yeon-shick) and Best Music (Mowg). The Handmaiden was awarded for Best New Actress (KIM Tae-ri) and Best Art Director (RYU Seong-hee), while it also received the Buil Readers' Jury Award.
The remaining performance prizes went to LEE Byung-hun for Inside Men (Best Actor), SON Ye-jin for The Truth Beneath (Best Actress), KIM Eui-sung for TRAIN TO BUSAN (Best Supporting Actor), PARK So-dam for The Priests (Best Supporting Actress) and TAE In-ho for Shadow Island (Best New Actor). Among the remaining prizes, YOON Ga-eun earned the Best New Director Award for The World of Us and YEON Sang-ho picked up the YU Hyun-mok Film Arts Award for TRAIN TO BUSAN.
This year’s prizes, while all are the beneficiaries of critical acclaim, represented a mix of films which both scored and missed at the box office over the course of the past year.