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‘Aftershock’ wins Asia Pacific award

Korean pic 'Poetry' takes actress, director kudos

SYDNEY — Chinese B.O. smash “Aftershock” took home the top kudo at the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards on the Gold Coast Thursday.

“Aftershock” took the feature film kudo and Chen Daoming won the actor prize for his perf in the pic about the 1976 earthquake in China that killed about 240,000 people.

“It is as good a ‘big’ movie as any I’ve seen from Hollywood in years,” said Blighty producer and jury member David Puttnam. “It doesn’t disappoint at any level. It has already attracted a huge audience and it has every chance of going on to capture a bigger international audience.”

“Aftershock” is the highest-grossing film of all time in China, grossing more than $80 million.

The APSA actress kudo went to Korea’s Yun Jung-hee for “Poetry,” whose helmer Lee Chang-dong took the helmer honors, his third APSA; he previously won for film (“Secret Sunshine”) and kids’ film (“A Brand New Life”).

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