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Marathon top winner at Grand Bell Awards
Jul 18, 2005
Marathon by JEONG Yun-cheol proved to be the top winner at the Grand Bell Awards, held on July 8 at Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul. The film about an autistic boy who is encouraged by his mother to run a marathon won the Best Picture award, the Best Actor award for CHO Seung-woo, Best New Director award for JEONG Yun-cheol, the Best Planning award, the Best Screenplay award, the Best Music award, and the Most Popular Actor award for CHO Seung-woo. This accounted for 7 of the total 24 awards presented at the event, more than any other film. Other awards presented at the event included a Best Actress award to KIM Hye-soo for her role in KIM In-shik's Hypnotized; Best Director to SONG Hye-sung for the film Rikidozan; Best Supporting Actress to NA Mun-hee of Crying Fist; and Best Supporting Actor to HWANG Jeong-min of A Bittersweet Life. In addition, Best New Actor and Best New Actress was presented to GOH Soo of Some and LEE Cheong-ah of Romance of Their Own, while the festival's Special Jury Prize went to RYOO Seung-wan's Crying Fist. Finally, a special award was presented to veteran director YU Hyun-mok (Aimless Bullet) for his role in developing the local film industry. The Grand Bell Awards were first established in 1962, and together with the Blue Dragon Awards the event is considered to be among the most prestigious awards ceremonies in Korea.