Cinema in South Korea is busier than ever, with faces new and old and quite a few globetrotters that made notable appearances on the international scene in 2017. From December 15 to December 29 you can vote for your favorite film of 2017. Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30!
Here is a look at the impressive nominees:
"A Taxi Driver" for the depiction of an almost unknown episode from the Gwangju Uprising, the entertainment it provides through a great combination of comedy and drama, for Song Kang-ho's performance, and finally, for featuring a western actor that can really act.
"Misbehavior" For the raw exploration of passion, insecurity, hierarchy, and destructive behavior that we see in ourselves as well as standout performances by Kim Ha-neul, Yoo In-young, and Lee Won-geun.
"The King" for being the best gangster film of the year, for its depiction of the connection between mob, politics, and press, and for Jo In-sung, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Sung-woo, and Ryu Jun-yeol's performances.
"The Battleship Island" for its subject matter, its clear and effective role as a crowd-pleaser, and its ability to create palpable emotion.
"The Villainess" for it's intense opening sequence, well-choreographed and shot action scenes, and the ability to provoke gut-wrenching emotion.
"Moon Young" for being a surprisingly optimistic piece despite many cynical moments about a young woman awakening to her true identity.
"The Swindlers" for intense mystery, gritty character development, and dizzying plot twists.
Cast your vote now!
-Yours, the HanCinema Team
And, special thanks to Panos Kotzathanasis for his insight into Korean film and contribution to the 2nd Annual HanCinema Awards.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorites in each category:
Written by: Lisa Espinosa
Panos Kotzathanasis is a film critic and reviewer specialising in East Asian Cinema. He is the founder of Asian Film Vault, administrator of Asian Movie Pulse and also writes for Taste of Cinema, Eastern Kicks, China Policy Institute and Filmboy. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Panos Kotzathanasis can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[HanCinema Awards] Best Film of 2017 - Cast Your Vote!"
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