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Critics judge "Secret Sunshine" as 2007's best film

2008/09/11 | 373 views | Permalink | Source

Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" is voted the best film of 2007 by a select group of Korean culture and society critics. Kim Ji-hoon's "May 18" came in second and Lee Myung-se's "M" completes an illustrious top three of in total twelve selected Korean films.

"Secret Sunshine" continued to cement LEE's name among the great auteur cineastes. The film accumulated numerous awards, culminating in Jeon Do-yeon's best actress crown at Festival de Cannes.

"May 18" is exemplary how cinema can represent popular memory and assist in creating alternative histories. The popular film chronicles the Gwangju uprising from the point-of-view of the Gwangju citizens who were branded criminals and vandals by the military government and leading conservative newspapers.

"M" is an impressive technical achievement of great aesthetic beauty, containing a layered story which plays on memories, love, and reality.

The participants of the annual questionnaire consist of distinguished people from the film industry, film critics and culture academics.

The best foreign film vote went to Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, followed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, and John Carney's Once. Eight foreign films were named.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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