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KIM Jee-yong Earns Top Camerimage Prize for THE FORTRESS

Nov 21, 2018
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Korean Cinematographer Earns Coveted Golden Frog


This past weekend, KIM Jee-yong earned the Golden Frog Award from the 26th edition of EnergaCamerimage, the world’s top cinematography event which takes place in Bydgoszcz, Poland every year, for his work on HWANG Dong-hyuk’s austere siege drama The Fortress (2017). It is the first time that a cinematographer from Korea has earned the prize. 

Meanwhile, the Silver and Bronze prizes were picked up by Paweł PAWLIKOWSKI’s Cold War and Alfonso CUARÓN’s Roma, respectively. Earlier this year, KIM earned the Best Cinematography Awards from the Asian Film Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, also for The Fortress.

Released during last year’s Chuseok holiday, The Fortress features PARK Hae-il as the King of Joseon who confers with his ministers, played by KIM Yun-seok and LEE Byung-hun, about whether to surrender to the Qing Army invaders laying siege to their fortress.

KIM Jee-yong, who spent time working in America before returning to Korea, made his debut as a feature cinematographer on KIM Jee-woon’s action-thriller A Bittersweet Life (2005). He has continued to work frequently with KIM, having shot his Hollywood debut The Last Stand with Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER in 2013, as well as his acclaimed colonial-era espionage yarn The Age of Shadows (2016).

Prior to The Fortress, KIM also shot Director HWANG’s previous films Silenced (2011) and Miss Granny (2014). Other notable credits include YIM Pil-sung’s Hansel and Gretel (2007), JANG Joon-hwan’s Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) and LEE Won-suk’s The Royal Tailor (2014).
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