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3 Korean Films Compete at Asian Brilliant Stars Awards in Berlin
Dec 26, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
THE DAY AFTER, I CAN SPEAK and ANARCHIST FROM COLONY Up for Awards
The Asian Brilliant Stars Awards are set to return for their second edition during next February’s Berlin International Film Festival with an expanded roster of categories. Among this year’s 19 titles up for consideration are three from Korea: Hong Sangsoo’s The Day After; KIM Hyun-suk’s I Can Speak; and LEE Joon-ik’s Anarchist from Colony. Meanwhile, Korean director KIM Ki-duk will sit on next year’s jury.
The awards show, which is jointly presented by the Asian Film & Television Promotion, the Beijing Film Academy and Movie View magazine, will take place on February 21st in Berlin. Prizes will be awarded in categories for best actor or actress in a leading role, best director, best screenwriter, best producer, and best Asian new talent. Richard Shen, general secretary of Asian Film & Television Promotion, states that “the show is not only on award ceremony, but a platform to promote Asian films and create a bridge between Asia and the world.”
Hong’s The Day After, his 21st film, debuted in competition at this Cannes Film Festival and stars KWON Hae-hyo, KIM Min-hee and KIM Saebyuk. A surprise sleeper hit during this year’s Chuseok holiday season, KIM Hyun-suk drama I Can Speak, which touches on the sensitive issue of comfort woman during the time of Japanese Occupation in Korea, has earned a slew of Best Actress awards this season for lead NA Moon-hee. LEE Joon-ik’s latest film Anarchist from Colony, starring LEE Je-hoon and new star CHOI Hee-seo, also explores the Japanese Colonial Era.