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THE FORTRESS Dominates 37th Korean Film Critics Association Awards
Oct 30, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
SUL Kyung-gu and NA Moon-hee Take Top Acting Honors
The Korean Film Critics Association announced the winners for its upcoming 37th awards, and it will be the period siege drama The Fortress that walks away with the biggest and most prizes when the show takes place next month. HWANG Dong-hyuk’s austere film earned the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Music (by famed Japanese composer SAKAMOTO Ryuichi) and Best Cinematography for KIM Jee-yong.
The main acting prizes went to actor SUL Kyung-gu for The Merciless while actress NA Moon-hee triumphed for her part in I Can Speak. YOO Hae-jin took Best Supporting Actor for A Taxi Driver and Best Supporting Actress went to The Merciless’ JEON Hye-jin. Best New Actor and Actress went to PARK Seo-jun of Midnight Runners and CHOI Hee-seo of Anarchist from Colony.
The Best New Director Prize went to KANG Yun-sung of the still in theaters THE OUTLAWS and Anarchist from Colony also picked up the Best Screenplay award for HWANG Seong-gu. The Battleship Island earned the Technical Award for art director LEE Hoo-kyoung.
The Awards for Independent Film went to documentary filmmaker LEE Young (Troublers) and Jane director CHO Hyunhoon. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon cinematographer JEON Jo-myung, who was active for almost 50 years and worked frequently with Korean masters such as KIM Soo-yong and IM Kwon-taek. The FIPRESCI prize went to BONG Joon-ho’s Okja while CHOI Tae-hoon and NAM Yoo-rang earned the Best New Critics prizes.
The Association also announced its ten best films of the year, which included A Taxi Driver, The Fortress, Anarchist from Colony, I Can Speak, The Battleship Island, THE OUTLAWS, On the Beach at Night Alone, The Merciless, Missing and Midnight Runners.
The ceremony for the 37th Korean Film Critics Association Awards will take place next month on the 9th at the Seoul Press Center.