"The Attorney" directed by Yang Woo-seok won three awards including best film at the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards on Wednesday.
Inspired by a famous 1981 human-rights case led by late President Roh Moo-hyun, who was then a successful tax lawyer in Busan and turned to human rights law to defend the accused, the film is the sixth biggest box office hit in the history of Korean cinema. It attracted 11.3 million viewers since its release in December last year.
"The Attorney" was nominated for 10 awards, and Song Kang-ho won best actor and Kim Young-ae best supporting actress award.
But the biggest surprise of the night was Chun Woo-hee, a newcomer, who won best actress for her superb performance in the indie film "Han Gong-ju", which drew a respectable 220,000 viewers.
"I never thought I could win this award", a tearful Han said in her speech. "I think this award sends me a message never to give up. I will do my best to keep on acting with confidence, without questioning. I hope this will help spark more interest in indie and art films".
Lee Su-jin won best new director award for the same film.
Park Yoo-chun and Kim Sae-ron took home the trophies for the best young actor and actress.
Kim Han-min, the director of blockbusting history epic "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" received the gong for the best director and most popular film.
The number of viewers of Korean films this year is likely to exceed 100 million for the third year running as the figure hit 97 million as of Wednesday.
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