MIRACLE Leads Broad Field of Commercial Hits
The Paeksang Arts Awards, the first major awards show on the Korean calendar and the only to encompass both the realms of film and television, has revealed the nominations for its 49th edition
Leading the nominations was the recent surprise blockbuster hit Miracle in Cell No. 7
, which last month became the third highest grossing Korean film of all time, which received mentions in six categories. Following close behind with four nominations apiece were the blockbuster fantasy A Werewolf Boy
, the romcom All About My Wife
and the acclaimed gangster film New World
. Meanwhile the huge period hit Masquerade
, the action blockbuster The Berlin File
and KIM Ki-duk
’s Golden Lion-winning Pieta
also received a trio of nominations each.
Miracle in Cell No. 7, Masquerade, A Werewolf Boy, The Berlin File and Pieta were all nominated for Best Film, representing the most commercially and internationally successful films of the past eight months, which has been a particularly busy time for Korean films. In 11 other categories, a wide swath of films, representing both the commercial and independent sides of the Korean film industry, were recognized.
The best and brightest of the Korean film industry are set to duke it out on May 9th, when the 49th Paeksang Arts Awards take place.