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‘Chaser’ sweeps Grand Bell Awards

Film won six prizes including best film

SEOUL — “The Chaser”, the crime actioner that appeared in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year, swept the 45th Grand Bell Awards, one of South Korea’s top kudofests.

Pic won six prizes including best film, best director for Na Hong-jin, and best cinematography. The best actor award also went to the film’s hero Kim Yoon-suk.

“Lost” star Kim Yun-jin won best actress award for “Seven Days,” one of the first major awards of her career. “Seven Days” was also rewarded for best editing and best sound mixing.

Other prizes went to Yu Jun-sang as best supporting actor in “Wide Awake (Return),” veteran Kim Hae-sook as best supporting actress in “Open City”. Another Kim Hae-sook-starrer, the low budget movie “Viva! Love” also received a prize for best screenplay award.

Shim Hyung-rae, the helmer and producer of “D-War” drew attention for winning best effects award. Best newcomer prizes for actors and actresses went to Daniel Henney (“My Father”) and Han Ye-seul (“Miss Gold Digger”) respectively.

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