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Friday, December 15, 2006

The 27th Blue Dragon Awards

While Hollywood was carousing around the Golden Globe nominations, the South Korean industry celebrated its cinema on the occasion of the 2006 Blue Dragon Awards, hosted by Sports Chosun at the KBS Hall, Euido, Seoul. More details, here: Official Website (in Korean)

‘노출은 기본’. Red carpet exposure.

The opening ceremony (in Korean)
The introductory show is based on scenes from The King and the Clown

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Park Joong-Hoon, Kim Hye-Soo, and Ahn Sung-Ki

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Lee Joon-Gi (with the glove), Kim Hye-Soo, Kang Sung-Yun (bare-backed), Shin Hyun-Joon

Here is the shortlist for the 27th Blue Dragon Awards, the winners (in bold) and the losers (the rest), which somehow reminds me of Sei Shonagon's list of “pleasing things”, since I have been jotting down quite a few of them (lists) recently:
“Finding a large number of tales that one has not read before. Or acquiring the second volume of a tale whose first volume one has enjoyed”:

Best Film

Radio Star

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Family Ties

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The Host

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The King and the Clown

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Best Director
Kim Tae-Yong (Family Ties)
Bong Joon-Ho (The Host)
Yoo Ha (A Dirty Carnival)
Lee Joon-Ik (The King and the Clown)
Choi Dong-Hoon (Tazza)

Best Leading Actor
Kam Woo-Sung (The King and the Clown)
Park Joong-Hoon (Radio Star)
Song Kang-Ho (The Host)
Ahn Sung-Ki (Radio Star)
Cho Seung-Woo (Tazza)

Best Leading Actress
Kim Hye-Soo (Tazza)
Uhm Jung-Hwa (For Horowitz)
Lee Na-Young (Maundy Thursday)
Im Soo-Jung (Lump of Sugar)
Jang Jin-Young (Between Love and Hate/The Unbearable Lightness of Dating)
Choi Kang-Hee (My Scary Girl/My Sweet Yet Brutal Sweetheart)

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Best Supporting Actor
Kim Yoon-Seok (Tazza)
Byun Hee-bong (The Host)
Yoo Hae-Jin (The King and the Clown)
Oh Dal-Su (Forbidden Quest)
Lee Beom-Soo (The City of Violence)

Best Supporting Actress
Kang Seong-Yeon (The King and the Clown)
Bae Doo-Na (The Host)
Eom Ji-Won (Traces of Love)
Yoon Ji-Hye (No Mercy for the Rude)
Jung Yoo-Mi (Family Ties)

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Best New Actor
Ryu Deok-Hwan (Like A Virgin)
On Joo-Hwan (The Peter Pan Formula)
Lee Joon-Ki (The King and the Clown)
Jin Goo (A Dirty Carnival)
Ha Jung-Woo (The Unforgiven)

Best New Actress
Ko Ah-sung (The Host)
Kim Ah-Jung (When Romance Meets Destiny)
Park Si-Yeon (The Fox Family)
Choi Jeong-Yoon (Radio Star)
Choo Cha-Hyeon (Bloody Tie)

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Best New Director
Kwon Hyung-jin (For Horowitz)
Kim Dae-Woo (Forbidden Quest)
Son Jae-Kon (My Scary Girl/My Sweet Yet Brutal Sweetheart)
Yoon Jong-Bin (The Unforgiven)
Lee Hae-Young (Like A Virgin)

Best Cinematography
Kim Chi-Young (Forbidden Quest)
Kim Hyong-Goo (The Host)
Oh Hyun-Jae (Bloody Tie)
Ji Kil-Woong (The King and the Clown)
Choi Young-Hwan (Tazza)

Best Lighting
Kim Seon-Kwan (Tazza)
Shin Sang-Ryeol (Forbidden Quest)
Lee Kang-San, Jong Yong-Min (The Host)
Im Jae-Young (Bloody Tie)
Han Ki-Om (The King and the Clown)

Best Music
Kim Sang-Min (Bloody Tie)
Bang Joon-Seok (Radio Star)
Lee Byung-Woo (The King and the Clown)
Lee Byung-Woo (For Horowitz)
Lee Jae-Jin (Maundy Thursday)

Best Art Direction
Kang Seung-Yeok (The King and the Clown)
Lee Hyeon-Joo (Dasepo Naughty Girls)
Jang Eun-Jang (The Fox Family)
Cho Kun-Hyeon (Forbidden Quest)
Ha Sang-Ho (Traces of Love)

Best Original Screenplay
Kim Dae-Woo (Forbidden Quest)
Song Ki-Young, Kim Tae-Yong (Family Ties)
Bong Joon-Ho, Ha Joon-Won, Baek Cheol-Hyeon (The Host)
Son Jae-Gon (My Scary Girl)
Lee Hae-Young, Lee Hae-Joon (Like A Virgin)

Technical Award
CG, EON (The Host)

Best Couple
Gam Woo-Sung, Lee Joon-Gi (King and the Clown)

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Popular Movie Award
The Host

Most Popular Actor and Actress
Shin Hyun-Joon, Lee Joon-Gi, Kim Hye-Soo, Kang Sung-Yun

The selection does not differ significantly from the Korean Film Awards. Some films from 2005 were included, most notably the edgy, subtle costume drama, The King and the Clown, which was (wisely) chosen by the Korean Film Council to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars (to be held on January 2007), over the extreme ends of this year's cinematic spectrum that were running for the nomination: Bong Joon-Ho's The Host and Kim Ki-Duk's Time (which I both liked). Not too surprisingly, The Host triumphantly received 5 awards, including the one for best film, while Lee Joon-Ik's historical drama was only granted a distinction for its soundtrack. Tazza, Like A Virgin and Family Ties shared the rest of the prizes between themselves. One thing I did not expect, since I had not seen it, was the nomination of Radio Star and the double award that veteran actors Ahn Sung-Ki and Park Joong-Hoon received, which piqued my curiosity, to say the least. This is not the first time that the two (also nominated as best couple) were honored at the Blue Dragon ceremony. They shared their first Best Actor Award in 1994, for their roles in Two Cops, and have appeared together in four films since.

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