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  • Top Honors for HILL OF FREEDOM at 34th Korean Film Critics Association Awards
  • by Pierce Conran /  Nov 04, 2014
  • CHOI Min-sik and CHUN Woo-hee Take Home Acting Prizes 

    Winners for the 34th Korean Film Critics Association Awards, which will be held on November 13th in Seoul’s Art Nine theater, were announced on November 3rd. HONG Sang-soo’s Hill of Freedom was revealed as the winner of the Best Film Award. CHOI Min-shik received Best Actor for playing Admiral LEE Sun-shin in Roaring Currents, which recently became the most successful Korean film of all time, and CHUN Woo-hee was awarded Best Actress for her part in the breakout indie Han Gong-ju. Meanwhile, Gyeongju’s ZHANG Lu picked up the Best Director accolade.
    One of the biggest prizes of the night, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to legendary director of photography JUNG Il-sung. Known for his long collaboration with director IM Kwon-taek, which yielded such classics as Mandara (1981), Sopyonje (1993) and Chunhyang (2000), JUNG also shot such notable Korean films as KIM Ki-young’s Woman of Fire (1971), HA Gil-jong’s March of Fools (1975) and KIM Soo-yong’s Splendid Outing (1978). His last work was IM’s Beyond the Years (2006).
    Han Gong-ju, Roaring Currents, The Attorney, Kundo: Age of the Rampant and Obsessed each picked up a pair of awards, while the rest of the prizes were spread out among different films. The supporting actor awards went to KWAK Do-won for his role in The Attorney and Obsessed’s JO Yeo-jeong. LEE Su-jin’s script for Han Gong-ju was recognized, as was JANG Choon-seob’s art direction on Roaring Currents. Kundo: Age of the Rampant’s technical merits earned it prizes for CHOI Chan-min (Best Cinematography) and JO Yeong-wook (Best Music).
    The Attorney also won for Best New Director (YANG Woo-suk), while the new actor prizes went to Haemoo’s PARK Yoon-chun and Obsessed’s LIM Ji-yeon. Director KIM Kyung-Mook picked up the Independent Film Award for Futureless Things and YEON Sang-ho received the International Film Critics Federation of Korea Awards for his animation The Fake. The Rookie Film Critic award went to SONG A-reum.
    Best Picture - Hill of freedom 
    Honorary Award - JUNG Il-sung Jung (Director of Photography) 
    Best Director - ZHANG Lu (Gyeongju
    Best Actor - CHOI Min-sik (Roaring Currents
    Best Actress - CHUN Woo-hee (Han Gong-ju
    Screenplay Award - LEE Su-jin (Han Gong-ju
    Supporting Actor - KWAK Do-won (The Attorney
    Supporting Actress - JO Yeo-jeong (Obsessed
    Best Cinematography - CHOI Chan-min (Kundo: Age of the Rampant
    Best Music - JO Yeong-wook (Kundo: Age of the Rampant
    Best Art Direction - JANG Choon-seob (Roaring Currents
    Independent Film Award - KIM Kyung-mook (Futureless Things
    International Film Critics Federation of Korea Awards - YEON Sang-ho (The Fake
    Best New Director - YANG Woo-suk (The Attorney
    Best New Actor - PARK Yoo-chun (Haemoo
    Best New Actress Award - LIM Ji-yeon (Obsessed
    Rookie Film Critic ward = Song A-reum 
    영평10선 = Whistle Blower / The Suspect / Miss Granny / The Attorney / A Hard Day / Roaring Currents / Hill of Freedom / Han Gong-ju / Gyeongju / Did You Hear She Sings?
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