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‘King and the Clown’ Wins 7 Grand Bell Awards

2006/07/23 Source

By Chung Ah-young
Staff Reporter

To no one's surprise, the nation's record-setting blockbuster, "The King and the Clown", attracting more than 12.3 million moviegoers, swept the 43rd Taejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival awards last Friday at the Conventional Hall, COEX in southern Seoul.

Nominated in a record-breaking 15 categories, "The King and the Clown" grabbed seven awards, including the best film, best leading actor and best director awards.

Kam Woo-sung, 36, who played the role of a clown named "Jangsaeng", in the film, took the best leading actor award, marking a turning point in his 15-year acting career.

"There are many well-performing actors in Korea. But they do not have a chance at the awards. I appreciate all the staff including our scriptwriter, director and producer. I attribute this luck to all the film staff", he said after being called the winner.

He debuted in the 1990 television drama, "Paradise of Our Own", and started his movie career in his first film "Marriage Is a Crazy Thing", in 2001, where he played the role of an intelligent and gentle man who seeks free dating instead of marriage.

Kam also became popular by taking Son Ye-jin's ex-husband role in the recent SBS miniseries "Alone in Love" that ended in May.

Lee Joon-gi, who rocketed to stardom for playing an effeminate court jester in the nation's most viewed film, hit the trifecta by bagging the new actor, local and overseas popularity awards through mobile phones-and the Internet-based votes.

Lee Joon-ik, "The King and the Clown" director, was also awarded as best director.

The best leading actress award went to Jeon Do-yeon, who played the role of a pitiful tea room waitress in "You Are My Sunshine", directed by Park Jin-pyo, falling in love with a farmer.

Jeon also featured the SBS weekend primetime hit drama "Lovers in Prague" last year.

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