Gangster film wins best picture, actor

SEOUL — Gangster film “The Show Must Go On” picked up best picture as well as the actor nod for Song Kang-ho at South Korea’s Blue Dragon Awards.

Director Han Jae-rim’s film concerns a mid-ranking gangster dealing with family and work troubles. It was released in April through Lotte Entertainment.

Hur Jin-ho drew director laurels for drama “Happiness.”

Actress honors went to Jeon Do-yeon for “Secret Sunshine.” That performance had already garnered her acting kudos at Cannes and at this month’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Pic’s helmer, Lee Chang-dong, withheld his film in all other categories in protest against the Blue Dragons’ sponsor Chosun Sports, a subsidiary of right-wing paper the Chosun Ilbo.

Films winning double awards were mystery thriller “Paradise Murdered,” for screenplay and new director for Kim Han-min; period horror pic “Epitaph,” for art direction and cinematography; and Lee Joon-ik’s drama “The Happy Life,” for music and supporting actor (Kim Sang-ho).

Supporting actress nod went to Na Moon-hee in “Cruel Winter Blues”; new actor to Korean-American heartthrob Daniel Henney in “My Father”; new actress to Jeong Ryeo-won in “The Two Faces of My Girlfriend; and effects to “The Restless.”

“D-War” (aka “Dragon Wars”) was presented with a special prize for achieving the highest gross of any local film this year, and popular star awards went to Kim A-jung, Joo Jin-mo, Kim Tae-hee and Hwang Jeong-min.

Held Friday night in Seoul, the Blue Dragon Awards are considered one of the two most prestigious awards ceremonies in Korea, together with the Grand Bell Awards, held in late spring.

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