PUCHON, South Korea — “The Chaser,” Korea’s biggest box office hit this year, won best picture at the Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival on Friday.
“The Chaser” was selected as the Puchon Choice, the only competition section of the festival. Pic also won actress honors for Seo Young-hee, as well as the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals’ Asian award.
Swedish film “Let the Right One In” won best director for helmer Tomas Alredson and audience award. The actor laurels went to Ekin Cheng and Shawn Yue for Hong Kong/Singapore co-production “Rule Number One.”
Omnibus animation “Fear(s) of the Dark” from France was picked as the jury’s choice.
Among 12 pics in this year’s Puchon Choice Shorts, Canadian helmer Rodrigo Gudino’s “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow” won the short film award and took $5,000.
Korean helmer Chang Hyung-yun’s animation “A Coffee Vending Machine and Its Sword” received best Korean short film award worth $5,000 as well as the audience award.
“Shaustein’s Final Film” by German director Christian Klandt was the jury’s Choice for short film and won $3,000.