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A MELODY TO REMEMBER Sings Its way to Udine Golden Mulberry

May 10, 2016
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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2nd Place Prize for SORI: VOICE FROM THE HEART at Far East Film Festival
 
 
The 18th edition of the Far East Film Festival in Udine wound to a close on April 29th. This year, two of the festival’s audience awards went to Korean films. Korean War melodrama A Melody to Remember picked up the Golden Mulberry, while sci-fi drama SORI: Voice from the Heart took home the second place award. The third place prize went to the Japanese film Mohican Comes Home.
 
A Melody to Remember is the latest film from LEE Han, who previously graced screens in Udine with his hit KIM Yun-seok and YOO Ah-in comedy-drama Punch (2011). Set during the Korean War, A Melody to Remember stars KO Asung and K-pop star IM Si-wan as a woman and a soldier setting up a choir with orphans. The film welcomed 1.07 million viewers (USD 6.97 million) to theatres earlier this year during the Lunar New Year holiday.
 
Meanwhile, SORI: Voice from the Heart, which features supporting actor LEE Sung-min in a rare leading role as a man who gets help from a satellite to find his missing daughter, is director LEE Ho-jae’s return to the director’s chair after debuting with the thriller The Scam in 2009. The film also debuted during the Lunar New Year holiday, and ultimately drew in just shy of 500,000 viewers (USD 3.05 million).
 
 
This year’s popularity for Korean films continues the country’s strong run at the Italian festival, following last year, when all three of the top audience prizes were awarded to Korean films, going to Ode to My Father, The Royal Tailor and My Brilliant Life.
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