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Trio of Prizes for Korean Films at Fantasia

Aug 14, 2014
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Two Audience Awards and Special Mention for Animation

Three Korean films received accolades at the Fantastic International Film Festival, which recently brought its 18th edition to a close. The animation The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow earned a Special Mention of the Jury for the Satoshi Kon Prize for Excellence in Animation while Miss Granny and Han Gong-ju placed first and second in the Audience Award rankings for Best Asian Film.
The feature-length debut of JANG Hyung-yun, The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is a fantastical animation that opened in theaters earlier this year in Korea before screening in competition at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Film Festival (SICAF) last month. JANG was previously well known for his award-winning short films.
Taking first place in the Audience Award for Best Asian Film was the family comedy Miss Granny. HWANG Dong-hyuk’s hit features a breakout performance by SHIM Eun-kyoung as an elderly woman trapped in a girl’s body. The film drew 8.63 million viewers following its Lunar New Year holiday release and previously picked up the Grand Prize at the Okinawa International Movie Festival.
Adding to its bounty of awards with a second place finish in the Audience Award for Best Asian Film was LEE Sujin’s blistering drama Han Gong-ju. Following its debut at the Busan International Film Festival last year, the film has picked up the top prizes at the Marrakesh, Rotterdam and Fribourg International Film Festivals, in addition to numerous other prizes.
Previous Korean winners at Fantasia include the sci-fi omnibus Doomsday Book, co-directed by YIM Pil-sung and KIM Jee-woon, which took the fest’s top prize, the Cheval d’Or, in 2012. Last year, CHO Jae-hyun picked up the Best Actor prize for his role in JEON Kyu-hwan’s The Weight (2012).
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