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S. Korean actor Song Kang-ho, director Park Chan-wook win top honors at Cannes

임권택부터 시작된 한국 영화 ‘칸의 역사’…한국 영화 , 본상 7개 다 모았다

And with these two top honors for Song and Park,… South Koreans have now… over the years… won at least once in all seven major categories at Cannes.
Min Suk-hyen takes a look back at some of the achievements of South Koreans there.
The two wins this year have indeed opened a new chapter for the country’s film industry…as South Korea has now won all seven trophies at the French film festival.

“(South) Korea is the first country in East Asia to win in all seven major awards since the 1990s. What’s important is that, (South) Korea is playing a leading role in the global film industry, ahead of China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. This was possible through its endless efforts to make movies that can be shared with people around the world.”

Traveling back in time, in 2002, renowned director Im Kwon-taek was named Best Director for his film “Chihwaseon,” bringing home the country’s first award at the Cannes Film Festival.
And just two years later, Park Chan-wook won the Grand Prix for “Old Boy” in 2004 and… the Jury Prize for “Thirst” in 2009, becoming one of the most beloved directors at Cannes.
Jeon Do-yeon won Best Actress for her performance in “Secret Sunshine” in 2007, while director Lee Chang-dong clinched the Best Screenplay award in 2010 for his film “Poetry”.
Finally, director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” received the top prize Palme d’Or in 2019…the movie which also made history at the Oscars the following year.
This year, what’s even more exciting is that…it’s the first time for Korea to win, not one, but two awards at the Cannes event.

“We’ve never received two main awards at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year. But the fact that we did shows that Korean films are widely recognized. And the Korean films that were awarded…one of them was directed by a Japanese director…and the other starred a Chinese actress. This shows that Korean films have become central for Asian content. Compared to the past, the status of Korean films has risen considerably.”

South Korean movies have also garnered international recognition not only at the Cannes Film Festival… but also in other prestigious film events, such as the Venice and Berlin international film festivals.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.

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2022-05-30, 19:00 (KST)


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