Film takes the 49th Daejong Film Awards by storm, taking top prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and others.
Beats out "Golden Lion" winner "Pieta" and domestic all-time box office champ "The Thieves".
"Masquerade" experienced sweeping success at this year's 49th Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) on October 30th in Seoul, Korea. The awards ceremony is the oldest film awards ceremony in South Korea and is presented annually by the Motion Pictures Association of Korea, making it the equivalent of the American Academy Awards. This year, "Masquerade" won awards in a total of 15 categories, bringing the ceremony host Shin Hyun-joon to comment in awe: "This truly is a day for "Masquerade"". "Masquerade"'s 15 awards obliterates the record for most wins last set by "The King and the Clown", which garnered 10 awards at the 2006 Daejong Film Awards.
Beating out stiff competition from "Pieta", this year's Venice Film Festival Golden Lion awardee, and "The Thieves", now Korea's highest grossing film ever, "Masquerade" won awards in the ceremony's most coveted categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Choo Chang-min, and Best Actor for Lee Byung-hun, whose "commanding central performance" (Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times) has been praised by critics beyond the film's home country of South Korea. A full list of "Masquerade"'s achievements at the 49th Daejong Film Awards is included below.
Best Film – "Masquerade"
Best Director – Choo Chang-min
Best Actor – Lee Byung-hun
Best Supporting Actor – Ryu Seung-ryong
Best Screenplay – Hwang Jo-yoon
Best Production – Lee Tae-yoon
Best Production – Im Sang-jin
Best Editing – Nam Na-yeong
Best Lighting – Oh Seung-chul
Best Costume Design – Kwon Yoo-jin, Im Seung-hee
Best Art Design – Oh Heung-suk
Best Music – Mowg, Kim Joon-sung
Best Sound Effects – Lee Sang-joon
Best Visual Effects – Jung Jae-hoon
Popularity Award – Lee Byung-hun
"Masquerade" is still playing in North American theaters! Full list of theater locations here:http://www.masquerademovie2012.com/#!locations/c1045
Watch the trailer here: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/masquerade/
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