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Korea's "Mother - 2009", "Thirst" score wins at Asian Film Awards

2010/03/23 | 1289 views |  | Permalink | Source

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Korean films "Thirst" (left) and "Mother - 2009" [CJ Entertainment]

Korean films "Mother - 2009" and "Thirst" scored multiple wins including the prize for Best Picture at the 4th Asian Film Awards held Monday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"Mother - 2009", helmed by noted Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, claimed the top honor of the night, beating out five other Asian films including Hong Kong/China's "Bodyguards and Assassins" and Japan's "Parade".

The Korean director was also named Best Screenwriter for the critically acclaimed pic, which he co-wrote with Park Eun-kyo.

Veteran Korean actress Kim Hye-ja, who plays the mother in the film, added another Best Actress trophy under her belt for her portrayal of a mother who becomes obsessed over protecting her mentally challenged son, played by Hallyu star Won Bin. Kim has racked up several acting awards at numerous international film events for the role.

Park Chan-wook's thriller flick "Thirst", starring Song Kang-ho as a priest-turned-vampire, won the title for Best Visual Effects.

Korean films proved to be a dominant force at the Asian Film Awards this year, winning four trophies in major categories and scoring multiple nominations -- sometimes two in the same category -- including "Like You Know It All" for Best Screenwriter, "Thirst" for Best Cinematographer and Best Production Designer, "Running Turtle" for Best Composer and "Mother - 2009" for Best Editor and "The Sword with No Name" for Best Costume Designer.

Many Korean actors also scored nominations in various acting categories including Song Kang-ho for "Thirst", Won Bin for "Mother - 2009", Kim Sae-ron for "A Brand New Life" and Bae Doona for her lead role in Japanese film "Air Doll".

Asian Film Awards 2010 - List of Winners

▶ Best Picture: "Mother - 2009" (Korea)

▶ Best Director: Lu Chuan ("City of Life and Death", China)

▶ Best Actor: Wang Xueqi ("Bodyguards and Assassins", Hong Kong/China)
▶ Best Actress: Kim Hye-ja ("Mother - 2009", South Korea)

▶ Best Supporting Actor: Nicholas Tse ("Bodyguards and Assassins", Hong Kong/China)
▶ Best Supporting Actress: Wai Ying-hung ("At the End of Daybreak", Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea)

▶ Best Newcomer: Ng Meng Hui ("At the End of Daybreak", Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea)

▶ Best Screenwriter: Park Eun-kyo/Bong Joon-ho ("Mother - 2009", South Korea)

▶ Best Cinematographer: Cao Yu ("City of Life and Death", China)

▶ Best Production Designer: Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne, Lee Tian-Jue (" Face ", Taiwan)

▶ Best Composer: Lo Ta-Yu ("Vengeance", Hong Kong)

▶ Best Editor: Lee Chatametikool ("Karaoke", Malaysia)

▶ Best Visual Effects: Yi Zeonhyoung ("Thirst", South Korea)

▶ Best Costume Designer: Christian Lacroix, Anne Dunsford, Wang Chia-Hui (" Face ", Taiwan)

Reporter : Ko Kyoung-seok kave@asiae.co.kr
Editor : Lynn Kim lynn2878@asiae.co.kr
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