‘The Weird’ tops Blue Dragon Awards

Korean western wins four prizes at film event

SEOUL — “The Good, the Bad, the Weird” won four prizes at the 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards ceremony in Seoul on Thursday, the kudosfest which kicks off South Korea’s awards season.

The Korean western set in 1930s Manchuria won best director for Kim Ji-woon plus the cinematography and art direction laurels. It also scooped the Maximum Audience Award for the year’s best box office performance with a cume of $44.2 million.

Helmer Lim Soon-rye’s “Forever the Moment” won for best picture and also earned supporting actress laurels for Kim Ji-young.

Kim Yoon-suk picked up the actor honor for “The Chaser” while “My Wife Got Married” star Son Ye-jin nabbed the best actress award. Supporting actor went to Park Hee-soon for “Seven Days.”

The male leads in Kim Ki-duk-scripted thriller “Rough Cut,” So Ji-sub and Kang Ji-whan, shared the best new actor honor. Best new actress award went to Han Ye-seul for “Miss Gold Digger.”

Lee Gyeong-mi won the new director award for “Crush and Blush,” a prize which helmer Na Hong-jin (“The Chaser”) had been widely tapped to win. Lee also received best screenplay award.

There was a pensive note to the festivities, however, as organizers presented an honorary popular star award to the late Choi Jin-sil, the Korean actress who committed suicide last month.

Choi held the record for wins in the category, nabbing the most popular female star award every year from 1990 to 1995, and again in 1997 and 1998. Choi made her screen debut in 1990 with “Nambugun.”

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