On October 6, the very first Asia Contents Awards (ACA) were held at Dongseo University’s Sohyang Theater in Centum City, Busan.

The Asia Contents Awards celebrate TV dramas from Asian regions like South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the ASEAN countries. The nominees were chosen from dramas that aired within the past five years.

2018’s “Mr. Sunshine” won the Best Creative Award, the top award given at ACA. Chief producer (CP) Kim Yong Gyu accepted the trophy and said, “The Korean drama industry is changing. We are working towards that change. I think that ‘Mr. Sunshine’ is a production that represents that change. If people show it a lot of love, then we can return with an even better production next time.”

Screenwriter Park Hae Young won the Best Writer Award for 2018’s “My Mister.” In her acceptance speech, she said, “I think that the drama was able to get good reviews because the director, actors, and production staff brought the script to life.”

Kim Nam Gil won one of the Best Actor Awards for his work in 2019’s “The Fiery Priest.” He said, “There are many people from all over Asia here, and people who represent the Korean film and TV industries. Rather than thinking of this award as something that shows how good I am, I’m just happy to be accepting an award at a ceremony like the Asia Contents Awards, which celebrates harmony in the middle of a society that focuses on individualism.”

Kim Jaejoong won the Excellence Award and said, “I am sincerely honored to have won this award at the first Asia Contents Awards. Please enjoy your time in Busan and I hope that the Busan International Film Festival will receive more love in the future.”

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Creative Award: “Mr. Sunshine” (Korea)

Best Asia Drama: “Hormones: The Series” (Thailand), “Faculty” (Singapore)

Excellence Award: Kim Jaejoong (Korea)

Best Actor Award: Lei Jiayin (China), Kim Nam Gil (Korea), Yamada Takayuki (Japan)

Best Actress Award: Yao Chen (China), Maja Salvador (Philippines)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Raymond Lee Wai Man (Hong Kong)

Best Writer Award: Park Hae Young (Korea), Lu Shih-Yuan (Taiwan)

Best Rising Star: Fang Rong (Singapore)

Best Newcomer: Kemisara Paladesh (Thailand), Sananthachat Thanapatpisal (Thailand), Jin Xiong Hao (China), Zhang Da Fei (China), Morita Misato (Japan)

Congratulations to the winners!

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