Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho wins Best International Director award at Green Planet Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2010 [Korea Green Foundation]
Korean film "Mother - 2009" and a handful of Korean actors picked up multiple awards including the prize for Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year at the 2nd Green Planet Movie Awards held in California, according to event sponsor Korea Green Foundation (KGF) on Thursday.
KGF announced in a press release that film "Mother - 2009" and Korean movie stars were handed a total of 12 awards in nine different categories at the event, which took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on March 23 (local time).
Bong Joon-ho's pic "Mother - 2009", starring veteran actress Kim Hye-ja and Hallyu star Won Bin, was awarded four trophies in the following categories: Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year, Best International Director, Best International Film and Best International Drama (Asia).
All-around Korean entertainer Rain scored a triple win, claiming the titles for 10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood, Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year and Best International Entertainer (Asia).
Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh, best known for appearing in the hit U.S. TV series "Grey's Anatomy", also made the 10 Outstanding Asians list.
Green Planet Movie Awards, formerly known as the Green Globe Film Awards, is one of the largest international film events in Hollywood which promotes film, Asian culture and a "green" environment.
Winners were selected by viewers -- composed of fans and critics from around the world -- who submitted their votes on the official website by March 15.
The Korean film industry had received much hype prior to the awards ceremony for scoring 62 nominations, the most from any Asian country.
《Green Planet Movie Awards - List of Winners》
INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS THEME: ASIA
▶ Best International Director (Asia) - Bong Joon-ho ("Mother - 2009")
▶ Best International Film (Asia) - "Mother - 2009"
▶ Best International Drama (Asia) - "Mother - 2009"
▶ Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year - Rain
▶ Best International Entertainer (Asia) - Rain
▶ 10 Best International Actors of the Decade (Asia) - Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik
▶ 10 Best International Actresses of the Decade (Asia) - Kim Yunjin, Kim Hye-soo
Korean entertainer Rain named Best International Entertainer (Asia) at Green Planet Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2010 [Korea Green Foundation]
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