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HA Jung-woo Most Promising Talent in Osaka
Mar 18, 2014
- Writerby Pierce Conran
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT Awarded in Japan
The Osaka Asian Film Festival concluded its 8th edition over the weekend. Three Korean films were screened at the festival, with one of them returning with an award. HA Jung-woo received the Most Promising Talent Award for his directorial debut Fasten Your Seatbelt. Osaka’s top prize this year went to the Filipino film Shift from Siege LEDESMA. The other Korean films in Osaka in 2014 were the romantic comedy Sunshine Love and the gangster sequel Friend: The Great Legacy.
Fasten Your Seatbelt, a mile high comedy about a film star’s rocky flight back to Korea, is the feature debut of HA Jung-woo, one of Korea’s top stars, who has appeared in The Yellow Sea (2010) and The Berlin File among others. The film debuted at the Busan International Film Festival last October and went on domestic release shortly thereafter.
HA, who will next be seen in YOON Jong-bin’s period action film Kundo: Age of the Rampant, will soon begin production on his sophomore directing project Chronicle of a Blood Merchant. HA will also star in the film, which is based on a Chinese novel by YU Hua, along with co-star HA Ji-won.