‘Port of Call’ Earns Grand Prize at Bucheon Genre Festival

SEOUL — “Port of Call” was named as winner of the Bucheon Choice award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Korea’s largest genre film festival. Directed by Hong Kong’s Philip Yung, the Aaron Kwok-starring film is based on a real 2008 murder case.

The crime drama’s actors Jessie Li and Michael Ning respectively won the best actress award and a special mention for the best actor.

The jury unanimously chose the film “for its sharp commentary on youth and contemporary Chinese story, and its examination of a shocking crime and its disturbing psychological components,” according to the jury’s statement.

The best director awards went to “Turbo Kid” co-directors Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell.

Korean director Han Jun-hee’s crime drama “Coin Locker Girl” scored the Jury’s Choice award, with actress Kim Go-eun winning a special mention.

Feature award-winners were selected by a jury including local actress Lee Jung-hyun, filmmaker Kim Tae-kyun, and Variety critic Richard Kuipers.

In its 19th edition, BiFan wrapped on Friday with local director Kim Hui’s shamanist horror “The Chosen: Forbidden Cave.” Screening of the winners and popular titles will however continue through the weekend.

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