South Korea shone again at the Asian Film Awards (AFA), which was held in Hong Kong on March 17.
At the inaugural AFA last year, South Korea’s monster flick The Host bagged four awards out of the 10 categories. The box office smash hit won for Best Actor (Song Kang-ho), Best Cinematographer (Kim Hyung-koo), Best Visual Effects and Best Film.
The film bagged 3 awards at the 2008 Asian Film Awards
This year, another South Korea flick won big. Secret Sunshine/ Milyang scooped the coveted awards for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film!
The 35-year-old star beat out fellow nominees Tang Wei (Lust, Caution), Joan Chen (The Home Song Stories), fellow South Korean Kim Yun-jin (Seven Days), Kiki Kirin (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad) and Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om).
Meanwhile, Secret Sunshine director Lee Chang-dong took home the award for Best Director.
In the movie, Jeon plays Shin-ae, a widow who suffers from a mental breakdown after the deaths of her husband and soon after, her son.
Last year’s Best Actor winner Song Kang-ho was nominated for the award again for his work in Secret Sunshine, but lost to Tony Leung Chiu Wai of Lust, Caution.
Congratulations to the winners and nominees!
Here’s a quick look at all the nominees from South Korea:
Secret Sunshine (winner)
Lee Chang-dong for Secret Sunshine (winner)
Song Kang-ho for Secret Sunshine
Best Supporting Actor
Chun Ho-jin for Skeletons in the Closet
Best Supporting Actress
Kong Hyo-jin for Happiness
Kim Hye-soo for Skeletons in the Closet
Im Sang-soo for The Old Garden
Best Production Designer
Kim Yu-jeong & Lee Min-bok for Epitaph (Gidam)
Lee Eun-soo for The Old Garden
Best Visual Effects
Shim Hyung-rae for D-War
Surfing: Asian Film Awards 2008
Pics credit: Associated Press