Korea: Blue Dragons breathe fire north

A week after North Korea shelled Yeongpyeong island, South Korea's major awards bash awarded its Best Film prize to Secret Reunion, a film about a North Korean assassin on a mission to kill a defector
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A week after North Korea shelled Yeongpyeong island, South Korea’s major awards bash awarded its Best Film prize to Secret Reunion, a film about a North Korean assassin on a mission to kill a defector and former spy in South Korea.

Secret Reunion, aka Sworn Brothers, beat off favourites Moss and The Man From Nowhere for its only win at Friday night’s bash.

Festival favourites The Housemaid and Poetry, both seen here as part of the 2010 NZFF, picked up awards. Yoon Jung-hee took Best Actress for Poetry, sharing the award with Su Ae for Midnight FM. Yoon Yeo-jung took Best Supporting Actress for The Housemaid, while Lee Ha-joon took the Art Direction award.

Best New Actor went to 71 Into the Fire’s Choi Seung-hyun (better known in Korea as singer TOP), who was a winner in the people’s choice section. 71 Into the Fire’s is currently screening here as part of the Korean Film Festival.

Of the other films screening as part of that event, Haeundae picked up two Blue Dragon wins last year, for Best Special Effects; Best New Actress (Kang Ye-won); and was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Kim In-gwon); Best Director: (Yoon Je-gyun); and Best Film.

The 2010 (31st) Blue Dragon Award Winners were:

Best Picture: Secret Reunion
Actor Award: Jung Jae-young (Moss)
Actress Award (joint winners): Yoon Jung-hee (Poetry), Su Ae (Midnight FM)
Supporting Actor: Yoo Hae-jin (Moss)
Supporting Actress: Yoon Yeo-jung (Housemaid)
Director Award: Kang Woo-seok (Moss)
Screenplay: Kim Hyun-seok (Cyrano Dating Agency)
New Actor: Choi Seung-hyun, aka TOP (Into the Fire)
New Actress: Lee Min-jung (Cyrano Dating Agency)
New Director: Kim Gwang-shik (My Gangster Boyfriend)
Cinematography: Lee Mo-gae (I Saw the Devil)
Lighting: Oh Seung-chul (I Saw the Devil)
Music: Mowg (I Saw the Devil)
Art Direction: Lee Ha-joon (Housemaid)
Technical Effects: Park Jung-ryul (Ajusshi)
Popularity Award: Won Bin, Choi Seung-hyun (TOP), Jo Yeo-jung, Sohn Ye-jin
Box Office Award: Ajusshi

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