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  • HAN Hyo-ju and Like a Virgin Win at Singapore Fest
  • by Yi Ch' ang-ho (KOFIC) /  May 09, 2007
  • Upcoming actress HAN Hyo-ju received the Best Actress award at the 20th Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) for her role in Ad Lib Night (Ajoo Teukbyeolhan Sonnim). Like a Virgin (Cheonhajangsa Madonna) shares the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award with Crossing the Dust.


    Ad Lib Night tells the story of a girl who agrees to pretend to be the daughter of a dying man. The film is directed by the acclaimed LEE Yoon-ki. LEE’s two previous films are This Charming Girl (Yeoja, Jeonghye) and Love Talk. This Charming Girl’s KIM Ji-su previously received the Best Actress award at SIFF in 2005.


    In Like a Virgin a boy joins a wrestling team. His aim is to win a wrestling competition and to use the prize money for a transsexual operation. The film is the directorial debut of LEE Hae-young and LEE Hae-jun. Like Ad Lib Night for the promising HAN Hyo-ju, Like a Virgin has been a platform for the talented young actor RYU Deok-hwan.


    The 2007 Singapore International Film Festival ran from April 18 until April 30. The festival selected over 300 films from 40 countries to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The festival’s line-up also included the Korean films: CHOI Ho’s Bloody Tie (Sasaeng Gyeoldan) and KIM Young-nam’s Don’t Look Back (Nae Cheongchoonege Goham).


    Yi Ch’ang-ho (KOFIC)


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