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March 17, 2018
12th AFA: THE FORTRESS Awarded Best Cinematography
Source: Asian Film Awards
Source: Pierce Conran @pierceconran
March 19, 2018
Four Koreans take home Asian Film Awards
Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily
Four Korean cineastes, including Yoona of Girls’ Generation and director-actor Yang Ik-June, took home trophies at the 12th Asian Film Awards (AFA).
At the event Sunday in Macau, singer-turned-actor Yoona received the Next Generation Award for her role in the action flick “Confidential Assignment,” where she played a minor character with a huge crush on a handsome detective (Hyun Bin) from North Korea.
“I’m so grateful for this unexpected award. From now on, I hope to show my growth [as an actor],” she said in her acceptance speech. The actor also expressed her heartfelt gratitude in Chinese, promising to put more effort into her career and hoping for AFA to develop further to cement itself as a prestigious film event. Yoona was nominated for Best Newcomer for the same movie, but lost to a Thai model-actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying of “Bad Genius.”
Also recognized at AFA was actor-director Yang Ik-june, who was honored with Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Japanese filmmaker Yoshiyuki Kishi’s action movie “Wilderness: Part One.” He played a character in a permanent state of uncertainty with a speech impediment and extreme shyness.
Among the technical awards, best cinematography went to Kim Ji-yong, who was behind the period drama “The Fortress,” while the best editing went to Shin Min-kyung of the political drama “The King.”
AFA is an annual film event presented by the Asian Film Awards Academy to recognize the achievements and talents of cineastes in film industries across Asia.
By Jin Min-ji
On March 17, the 12th Asian Film Awards honored those who shined in Asian cinema during 2017.
South Korean productions, directors, and actors were nominated for 16 out of 17 categories, and won four awards overall.
Girls’ Generation’s YoonA was notably honored with the Next Generation Award, one of two awards that don’t have disclosed nominees. She received her award in person, and expressed her heartfelt gratitude in both Korean and Chinese. YoonA was also nominated for Best Newcomer for her role in “Confidential Assignment,” but lost to Chutimon Cheungcharoensukying, a Thai model and actress who won for “Bad Genius.”
Korean actor and director Yang Ik Joon received Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Japanese film, “Wilderness.” Films “The King” and “The Fortress” won Best Editing and Best Cinematography respectively.
While they did not win either of these categories, film “The Day After” and its director Hong Sang Soo was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director respectively. Chinese film “Youth” won Best Picture, while Ishii Yuya took home Best Director.
Other notable South Korean nominees included actors Kim Yun Seok, Kim Min Hee, Yoo Hae Jin, and Choi Hee Seo, as well as films “A Taxi Driver” and “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds.”
Congratulations to all the winners!
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