SEOUL – A social drama, “The Attorney,” loosely based on former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, was the biggest winner at the Blue Dragon Awards, beating all-time box office record-breaker “Roaring Currents.”
Along with the Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards (KAFCA) and the Grand Bell Awards, the Blue Dragon Awards is one of Korea’s most reputable awards.
“The Attorney” won best film and best actor for Song Kang-ho, best supporting actress for Kim Young-ae and ‘popular star award’ for Im Si-wan.
Another surprise win was the best actress award for Chun Woo-hee, the lead from the independently-produced “Han Gong Ju”, who beat more established actresses such as Son Ye-jin (“The Pirates”) and Jeon Do-yeon (“Way Back Home”). Its director, Lee Su-jin, was named the year’s best new director.
Park Yu-chun, a member of the popular boy band JYJ, was named as best newcomer for his performance in “Sea Fog” (a.k.a. “Haemoo”). Local critics said Park’s numerous wins at year-end awards will serve to fuel the casting of more talented K-pop stars cum actors and actresses.
“Roaring Currents” which scored the record-breaking 17 million ticket sales, was awarded best director for Kim Han-min and highest audience award.