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.