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BONG's Host Takes Top Prize at Blue Dragon

2006/12/21 Source

Bong Joon-ho's all-time box-office champion "The Host" made a splash at the 27th Blue Dragon film awards, which held its year-end ceremony Dec. 15th in Seoul. The summer blockbuster about a monster dwelling in Seoul's Han River, gobbled up 5 Blue Dragons, including Best Picture, Best Supporting actor (Byun Hee-bong) and Best New Actress (Go Ah-sung). The film also picked up honours for lighting and technical achievement.

Veteran duo Park Joong-hoon and Ahn Sung-ki shared the Best Actor prize for their roles in Lee Joon-ik's human-comedy, "Radio Star". Actress Kim Hye-soo took honours for her lead role in the autumn hit "Tazza: The High Rollers" ("Tazza: The High Rollers"), which also snagged a Blue Dragon for Best Cinematography.

Recent Thessaloniki Festival top-prize winner "Family Ties" ("The Birth of a Family") picked up a Best Director award for Kim Tae-yong and a Supporting Actress prize Jung Yu-mi. Coming-of-age comedy, "Like A Virgin", scored several win with Best New Actor (Ryu Deok-hwan), Best Screenplay, and Best New Director, shared by debut-duo Lee Hae-yeong and Lee Hae-joon. The film has been selected to screen in the 2007 Berlin Film Fest's Kinder Generation-Plus section.

Rounding out the winners were period films, "Forbidden Quest", which took home Best Art Direction and mega-hit "The King and the Clown", which won the Music award for Lee Byeong-woo.

The Blue Dragon awards is presented by Chosun Sports newspaper and is not to be confused with the Golden Bell Awards, the nation's other major film awards ceremony which takes place each Spring.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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