Director JANG Hun’s <The Front Line> was the big winner at the 31st Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards. The ceremony was held at the Seoul Press Center on the evening of Friday, Nov. 11.
South Korea’s submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film nominations, The Front Line snapped up a total of four KAFC awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best New Actor. (See below for full list.)
HA Jung-woo picked up Best Actor for his performance in NA Hong-jin’s thriller <The Yellow Sea> while Chinese actress TANG Wei won Best Actress for her performance in KIM Tae-yong’s <Late Autumn>.
Director of the Shaw Brothers production Five Fingers of Death, CHUNG Chang-hwa - also known alternately as JEONG Chang Hwa, CHENG Chang Ho and JENG Cheong Woh– was awarded for his lifetime Contribution to Cinema. His many other films include Korean historical drama <Jang Hee Bin> (1961) and Hong Kong film Temptress of a Thousand Faces (1969).
For her contribution to the popularization of Korean animation with <Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild>, producer Jaime SHIM, CEO of Myung Films,also won a Special Mention.
KAFC was established in 1960 and its awards were started in 1980.
Award winners list
Best Picture - The Front Line
Best Director - Jang Hoon (The Front Line)
Contribution to Cinema – JUNG Chang-hwa
Best Actor - Ha Jung-woo (The Yellow Sea)
Best Actress - Tang Wei (Late Autumn)
Best Screenplay – PARK Sang-yeon (The Front Line)
Best Cinematography - KIM Tae-sung, PARK Jong-chul (<Arrow the Ultimate Weapon>)
Best Technical Effects - HAN Young-woo for visual effects (Arrow the Ultimate Weapon)
Best Music - CHO Seung-woo, CHOI Yong-lak (Late Autumn)
Best New Director - PARK Jung-bum (<The Journals of Musan>)
Best New Actor - LEE Je-hoon (The Front Line)
Best New Actress - Yoo Da-in(<Re-Encounter>)
Special Mention – Jaime Shim (Leafie)
FIPRESCI Award - <Poongsan>
Nov. 14, 2011