Girls’ Generation’s YoonA, “The King,” And More Receive Accolades At 12th Asian Film Awards

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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