Song Kang Ho Makes History At Cannes Film Festival By Winning Best Actor + Park Chan Wook Wins Best Director

Song Kang Ho has just made Korean movie history at the Cannes Film Festival!

On May 28 local time, the 75th Cannes Film Festival announced the winners of this year’s awards.

Song Kang Ho won Best Actor for his starring turn in the film “Broker,” making him the first Korean male ever to win an acting award at the historic film festival. (Jeon Do Yeon was the first Korean to snag an acting prize back in 2007, when she won Best Actress for her emotional performance in “Secret Sunshine”—which, incidentally, also starred Song Kang Ho.)

Notably, Song Kang Ho was also one of the stars of “Parasite,” which became the first Korean film ever to win the prestigious Palme d’Or—the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize—back in 2019. Last year, he made history by becoming the first Korean male actor to serve on the jury at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Park Chan Wook won Best Director for his film “Decision to Leave,” making him the second Korean director in Cannes history to win the prize. (The first Korean to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival was Im Kwon Taek, who took home the award exactly 20 years ago for his historical film “Chihwaseon.”)

While this year marks Park Chan Wook’s first time winning the Best Director award, two of his films have previously won awards at Cannes: his iconic film “Oldboy” won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, while his movie “Thirst” won the Jury Prize in 2009.

Starring Park Hae Il and Tang Wei, “Decision to Leave” is a romantic mystery film about a detective who investigates a murder case and grows increasingly suspicious of the victim’s widow—but also finds himself falling for her at the same time.

Congratulations to both Song Kang Ho and Park Chan Wook!

Watch Song Kang Ho in his film “The King’s Letters” with subtitles below:

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