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THE WAILING Triumphs at Korean Film Reporters Association Awards
Jan 24, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
SONG Kang-ho and SON Ye-jin Take Home Acting Honors
The Korean Film Reporters Association handed out their awards for 2016 during their 8th annual ceremony on January 16th. They gave their ‘Film of the Year’ main prize to NA Hong-jin’s THE WAILING, adding to the film’s successful awards run. NA also received the Best Director prize for his Cannes-invited hit, which drew almost seven million viewers to Korean multiplexes during the spring.
Meanwhile, the Best Actor prize went to SONG Kang-ho for his portrayal of a Korean officer working for the Japanese police in KIM Jee-woon’s Colonial Era spy thriller The Age of Shadows and SON Ye-jin received a nod for Best Actress for playing the titular role in HUR Jin-ho’s The Last Princess, another Colonial Era title.
Don LEE was triumphant in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in YEON Sang-ho’s zombie hit TRAIN TO BUSAN while SON’s The Last Princess co-star LA Mi-ran took the Best Supporting Actress accolade. The Best New Actor award went to JUNG Ga-ram in JUNG Ji-woo’s Fourth Place and KIM Tae-ri won the Best New Actress prize for her part in PARK Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden.
YOON Ga-eun’s feature debut The World of Us earned the Best Independent Film prize while Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was recognized as the Best Foreign Film. The Korean Film Reporters Association Awards, which were handed out in the Korean Press Center in Central Seoul, were selected by 50 Korean film journalists.