On October 25, the 54th Daejong Film Awards were held at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. Shin Hyun Joon and Lee Jung Ah were the MCs for the evening.
The Daejong Film Awards are also called the Grand Bell Awards and are presented annually by the Motion Pictures Association of Korea.
Notable winners include Park Seo Joon (Best New Actor) for his performance in “Midnight Runners” and the hit film “A Taxi Driver,” which was the first Korean film to sell 10 million tickets (Best Film). Interestingly, actress Choi Hee Seo swept both the Best New Actress and the Best Actress categories for her performance in “Anarchist from Colony.”
Some heavy-hitters this year were “Anarchist from Colony,” which took home five awards, including Best Director and Best Actress. “The King” was also successful with four awards, including Best Supporting Actor/Actress and Best Screenplay.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Film – “A Taxi Driver”
Best Director – Lee Joon Ik (“Anarchist from Colony”)
Best Actor – Sol Kyung Gu (“The Merciless”)
Best Actress – Choi Hee Seo (“Anarchist from Colony”)
Best Supporting Actor – Bae Sung Woo (“The King”)
Best Supporting Actress – Kim So Jin (“The King”)
Best New Director – Uhm Tae Hwa (“Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned”)
Best New Actor – Park Seo Joon (“Midnight Runners”)
Best New Actress – Choi Hee Seo (“Anarchist from Colony”)
Best Costume Design – Shim Hyun Seob (“Anarchist from Colony”)
Best Art Direction – Lee Jae Sung (“Anarchist from Colony”)
Best Screenplay – Han Jae Rim (“The King”)
Best Sound Effects – Dal Pa Ran (“Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned”)
Best Editing – Shin Min Kyung (“The King”)
Best Lighting – Kim Jae Geun (“Prison”)
Best Planning – Choi Ki Seob, Park Eun Kyung (“A Taxi Driver”)
Best Cinematography – Park Jung Hoon (“The Villainess”)
Technical Award – Jung Do Ahn, Yoon Hyung Tae (“The Villainess”)