Trio wins big at PPP
Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung, Korean director Lee Myung-se, and first-time helmer Lee Jong-hoon carted home the biggest cash awards at the 2006 Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP).In a ceremony on Wednesday night, Pang’s “One Day of Ibraham” was awarded the $20,000 Pusan Award from the city government for his film about a six-year old boy living in the northeast part of Kenya. Lee’s “M” starring local heartthrob Gang Dong-won picked up the Kodak Award, which provides 20 million won ($21,000) worth of film stock Other prizes included the MBC Movies Award to Ryoo Seung-wan’s period horror pic “Yacha”; the Cineclick Asia Award (which also includes the potential for a first look option on investment and international sales) to Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “Two Footed Horse”; the BFC Award to Korean-American helmer Abraham Lim’s “Hong Kong Hero”; the OFK Fund Award from the Overseas Korea Foundation to Mora Mi-ok Stephens’ political thriller “The 38th Parallel”; and the Goteborg Film Festival Fund Award to Vietnamese director Nguyen Phan Quang Binh’s “One Rainy Day”. Two Korean projects from the New Directors in Focus section were also awarded. The LJ Award, which guarantees pic’s production, was given to Lee Jong-hoon’s “Ringwanderung”. Meanwhile, Cho Chang-yeol’s comedy “A Gold Rush” took home the Barunson Award.