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Korean movie director awarded France's Legion of Honor

2007/12/02 | 228 views | Permalink | Source

Im Kwon-taek, a Cannes-winning Korean movie director, received France's elite Legion of Honor for promoting Korean films in France, news reports were quoted as saying by Associated Press.

French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud presented Im with a "knight" medal of the Legion of Honor at his embassy in Seoul on Friday, the newspaper Dong-a Ilbo and other Korean media reported with pictures of the envoy pinning the medal on the director.

Embassy officials could not be reached for comment Saturday. Im, 71, is one of Korea's best known directors and has received a number of prizes at home and abroad, including a best director award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival for "Chihwaseon", a beautifully filmed look at the life of a 19th-century Korean painter.

His latest and 100th production, "Beyond the Years", recently earned Oh Jung-hae the best actress honor at the Three Continents Film Festival in France's Nantes. Napoleon Bonaparte established the Legion of Honor in 1802 as the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, including artistic and intellectual contributions. Writer Norman Mailer and former Secretary of State Colin Powell are among

U.S. recipients.

Last year, another Korean movie director, Lee Chang-dong, who once served as the country's culture minister, received the award.

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