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2 Korean Films Win at Sitges Int'l Film Fest

2008/10/27 | 163 views |  | Permalink | Source

The 41st Sitges Int'l Film Festival, Europe's biggest fantasy film fest, awarded Kim Jee-woon's "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" the Best Director prize when it wrapped Oct. 12 in Catalonia. The film also picked up the Best F/X award. Top prize went to Jennifer Lynch thriller Surveillance.

Also awarded was Na Hong-jin's "The Chaser", winning the Orient-Express Casa Asia award for outstanding Asian film. KIM's western and NA's thriller were the two top grossing films at the Korean box office this year, collecting 7.1 million and 5.1 million admissions respectively.

NA's "The Chaser" recently won Best Film at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea. The tough crime-thriller follows an ex-cop-turned pimp chasing down an elusive prostitute killer.

KIM's "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" revolves around a treasure map, and stars Korea's top male leads, Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jung Woo-sung. It is set in Manchuria during the Japanese colonial period.

KIM has been to Sitges twice in the past to present his previous films "A Bittersweet Life" and "A Tale of Two Sisters". In 2006, director Bong Joon-ho received the Orient Express award for his monster hit "The Host".

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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