'Garden' director Im Sang-soo among honorees
Korean filmmakers will be raking in the hardware tonight with the eighth Busan Film Critics Awards and the third Premiere Rising Star Awards doling out their respective prizes.
Busan-based film critics will announce their best picture recipient at the ceremony, but other honorees have been announced in advance, including director Im Sang-soo for “An Old Garden.” Pic, based on a well-known Korean novel, also will receive the cinematography award for Kim Woo-hyung.
Top acting honors go to renowned thesp Song Kang-ho for his role in “The Show Must Go on” and to Yeh Ji-won for her spirited performance in “Old Miss Diary.”
Other lauded films include box office hit “Tazza: The High Rollers” for screenplay and supporting actor (Kim Yu-seok) and “Skeletons in the Closet” for supporting actress (Moon Hee-kyung); the new actress award went to Hwang Bo-ra. “Boys of Tomorrow” took the new actor prize for Yu Ah-in, and horror title “Epitaph” won the honor for new director.
A special jury award also will be presented to soccer documentary “Bisang.”
Ceremony takes place at the Novotel Ambassador at 19:30 tonight.
The Premiere Rising Star Awards will recognize up-and-coming actors and directors in a 20:00 ceremony at the Chosun Beach Hotel.
Korean-American actor Daniel Henney and new star Kim A-jung will receive the top actor and actress prizes for their roles in “My Father” and “200 Pound Beauty,” respectively. Other honorees include “May 18” helmer Kim Ji-hoon, “Gangster High” star Lee Tae-sung as new actor, and Heo Yi-jae of “Sunflower” as new actress.