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The 2007 Korean Film Awards

On December 1, stars gathered in Seoul for the 6th Annual Korean Film Awards, honoring the latest achievements in (what else?) Korean cinema.

Notable among its winners were the multiple talents behind one of Korea’s most critically acclaimed films of the year, Secret Sunshine — which won raves at Cannes Film Festival, where its also won its star, Jeon Do Yeon, the top acting honor.

Take a look at the winners and attendees after the jump…

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Not having seen many of the films named, I’m not a good judge of whether the awards are indicative of the most deserving films. Although, I will say that any award that gives Daniel Henney AND Song Hye Gyo acting honors makes me naturally a little suspicious… (In case you’re wondering, despite Song Hye Gyo’s numerous years in the entertainment industry, she qualifies for the “New Actress” category because she’s new to film.)

(Before I offend all the Daniel Henney and Song Hye Gyo apologists out there, I don’t mean to say they weren’t deserving of ANY recognition for their respective projects, for which both actors have been noted as having shown improvement. But enough to WIN an acting award? Showing “an improvement” from Seducing Mr. Perfect and Full House doesn’t necessarily speak volumes.)

(Let it also be known that I hate Daniel Henney’s blue-on-blue-on-black matchy-matchy suit. Bleh.)

 
WINNERS

 


Secret Sunshine, M

 

Best Picture: Secret Sunshine
Director: Lee Chang Dong (Secret Sunshine)
Lead Actor: Song Kang Ho (Secret Sunshine)
Lead Actress: Jeon Do Yeon (Secret Sunshine)
Supporting Actor: Sung Jiru (Paradise Murdered)
Supporting Actress: Gong Hyo Jin (Happiness)

 


Tazza, My Father

 

New Actor: Daniel Henney (My Father)
New Actress: Song Hye Gyo (Hwang Jini)
New Director: Kim Mi Jung (Goong-nyeo, aka Court Lady)
Adaptation: Choi Dong Hoon (Tazza)
Art direction: Yoo Juho, Yoon Sang Yoon (M)
Cinematography: Hong Kyung Pyo (M)

 


Court Lady, D-War, Happiness

 

Lighting: Choi Chul Soo (M)
Editing: Shin Min Kyung (Tazza)
Special Effects and CG: Young Gu Art Movies (D War)
Sound: Kim Seok Won, Kim Chang Seob, Lee Tae Kyu (His Voice or Voice of a Murder)
Music: Bang Joon Seok (Happy Life)
Short film: Ten-Minute Break, Dir. Lee Sung Tae
Honorary award: Dir. Yoo Hyun Mok

 
In attendance at the awards ceremony…

I don’t really care about fashion or whatnot, so I won’t really comment on how people look except to say: people pretty.

Some notable attendees:

 


Sohn Yejin, Lee Yeon Hee

 

 


Kim Ah Joong, Lee Hana

 

 


Jo In Sung, Ju Jin Mo

 

 
I don’t have a strong opinion on Kim Hye Soo, but I kinda think her duck-butt hair-flip is adorable.


Kim Hye Soo

 

 
How dapper:


Jang Geun Seok, Jung Kyung Ho

 

 


Kim Min Jung, Han Chae Young

 

 


Ji Hyun Woo, Jo Seung Woo

 

 


Sohn Tae Young, Kim Tae Hee

 

 
I’m not familiar with either actress, but I like how their dresses both feel kinda old-fashioned with the volume, but have a modern twist, particularly the updated-hanbok style on the right:


Lee Young Eun, Oh Jung Hye

 

 


Kim Min Sun, Kim Hyeon Sook, Hyun Young

 

 


Award winner Song Kang Ho (“Secret Sunshine”), director Shim Hyung Rae (“D War”)

 

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I've always felt that the Awards choices in Korea were a bit more lax than in some other countries. I mean, Daniel Henney? But all that aside, I think it was great. The dresses were pretty and from the pictures, I particularly loved Kim Ah Joong's dress. Kim Tae Hee's dress was my favorite, but in my opinion, a bit too short for the Korean Film Awards.

I'm pretty sure the ladies at PopSeoul are already tearing into the dresses right now.

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But then again, seeing the other cocktail dresses makes me take back my comment about Kim Tae Hee's dress. How formal are the Korean Film Awards?

The cocktail dresses were really cute. ^_^

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Jane, no doubt, and I totally leave that to them, since that's what they're good at. I just like looking at pretty pictures.

It's interesting how different focuses (and the different way images are framed) elicit totally differing opinions. I chose my pics, for instance, based on lighting and angles more than the fashion, which I admit is always kind of the last criteria for me. I love the backlighting for Kim Ah Joong and Lee Hana, the dark-bright contrast with Lee Yeon Hee, the tilted angle for Han Chae Young... It wasn't till after I posted everything that I realize you can't really see the clothes all that well, haha.

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True, I've noticed that most of your picture have great lighting and almost always clearly picture the person well with great colors. Seeing as this site isn't mainly for fashion, I can understand your priorities.

Bravo. ^_^

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lee yeon heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee zomg
why do i love her so much, haha

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honestly, i like the dress styles here better than from the blue dragon. i love sohn ye jin's look at the blue dragon's more. kim tae hee looks much better in the blue dragon for me.. or is it the picture? i love kim ah joong's. lee yeon hee's was pretty that color. lee hana was looking good too minus the hat. han chae young's look was stylish. loving jo in sung ( he seems to have lost weight), and ji hyun woo (the scarf was eh.. but he's adorable still), jang geun sook too. i usually like jung kyung ho but he looks bleh in the pic that look is not for him. cho seung woo looks older and harassed.

to the award winners.. the major ones i feel deserve it..
to the new ones.. well i think daniel henney is good looking and all, but i didnt like his look here plus id want to have someone else win the new best actor. to song hye gyo sorry to all her fans, but her portrayal of hwang jin yi wasnt that great too me to merit the award.

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The ladies and the dresses look beautiful. But I always wonder when I see these ladies at the award show...here in the US and abroad...aren't they cold? I am in LA, which should be warmer than S. Korea, and I am all bundled up. Looking at them, you would think it is summer time, LOL, thank god I am not in their shoes, I would probably catch pneumonia.

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ugh i hated milyang. it wasnt even that artsy.

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haha it's ok javabeans. i rather see your selection of pictures rather than duplicates of what I saw at popseoul already. more to enjoy. ^^

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I saw 'Tazza' last night, and it was really not my cup of tea. Don't like it.
I avoided to watch 'Hwang Jin Yi' because a friend told me she fell asleep while watching it, and I'm not big fan of SHG, so I won't miss it anyway.
I do interested to 'My Father', and knowing Henney won an award for it, I really want to watch it.
From the list of nominees, the other movie I want to see is 'Love/Sarang' of Jo Jin Moo, and all because of him! :P

For the outfits, I like Jeon Do Hyeon's dress, and Jo In Sung's suit. Classic.
Hey, why you don't post Kim Myung Min's picture? He came with Son Hye Jin, rite? Are they working on a project together? ( I saw that these people came with a date of their current/last project's partner..correct me if I'm wrong..)

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was song hye gyo there?
Thanks for the article!

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I cannot believe that Song Hye Gyo won an award for Hwang Jini. It was a snoozefest up to the end. Her portrayal was just plain dry.

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I thought I was the only one who fell asleep during Hwang Jini. Phew! I don't feel like such an uncultured oaf now. I much preferred the TV drama and can understand why Ha Ji Won got awards for that ... but Song Hye Gyo? Er ... next some bright spark will try to put her and Daniel Henney in a movie together ...

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Lee Young Eun's dress looks like and Andre Kim creation and Oh Jung Hye's dress looks like a really cool hanbok. How did they sit in those?! I liked them though.

I must see Daniel Henney's movie. I cant possibly see him being best actor so I wanna see how much he's improved. And SHK, I have to watch Hwang Jin I too. I thought she was cute in Fullhouse but never would think of her as a serious actor.

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i like soh yen jin! she's so pretty

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I don't know about Daniel Henney..but I read a couple of reviews on his latest movie MY Father, and most of them comprised of praises for Daniel Henney's acting. I saw a short preview of the movie, and there was this part of Daniel Henney crying and shouting out loud, I thought it was very nicely portrayed altho it was just a brief glance. It was a totally different portrayal as compared to his performance in Seducing Mr Perfect. (he was just HOT inside the movie).. but I think, maybe he did deserve that Best New Actor award.. afterall, you don't judge by just one movie you've seen right? Lee Jun Ki has only made one movie, The King and the Clown, and look where it's got him..

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Actually I believe Lee Junki has made at least six films... Looking up his filmography, he's been in King and the Clown, Virgin Snow (the Japanese-Korean collab), May 18 (Splendid Holiday), Fly Daddy, Hotel Venus, and Ballet School.

But I agree that one movie doesn't define you. I started watching My Father before I got bored and stopped (I'll probably pick it up later) and I wasn't too impressed. Daniel Henney's acting is much improved but I wouldn't say it's there yet. He's not what you call nuanced or layered. He's very straightforward -- you can tell exactly which one emotion he's going for at a time. When he learns to convey complexity, well, THEN he may be deserving of an award. (I still hate the suit.)

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I've only watched two of the movies nominated and am very pleased that both won awards:

Radio Star (Best Music)
Paradise Murdered (Best Supporting Actor, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Lighting)

I'm slightly bummed that Park Hae Il wasn't nominated for Paradise Murdered but then again I watched only 1/2 of the movie before I got too spooked and had to stop. Btw, I see 200 Pounds Beauty and I'm A Cyborg But That's OK in the stores all the time but have never felt compelled to pick up either of them. Should I?

King and the Clown was Lee Junki's third movie.

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Beans beans...haha..thank you for correcting me. I must do more research before replying..hehehe..
Well maybe it's just that I have not seen him in My Father, and I have no particular dislike towards him or his acting, so I just try my best not to judge him just based on one movie I've seen of him.

And yeah..the suit doesn't look good on him..

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thanks. I love SHG, like I think she's awesome! As a model, but I don't like her as an actress in her previews movies and dramas. I just like her in Full House and Hwang Ji Ni, even though in some parts in Hwang Ji Ni, she could've done better. lol.
I LOVE Daniel Henney too, I agree with you too, I don't like his matching blue tux and tie. lol.
OMG! I think that red modern hanbok or something is pretty cool! hahaha.
Thakns a lot dramabeans.

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ha ha ha ha.... Song Hye Gyo a "new" actress ?!? Give me a break. I agree, she needs to improve her skills, but is easy on the eyes. Now, what can I say about Daniel Henney? Not enough days left in the century for this mactor to improve. Eye candy for the ladies, but empty calories. lol.

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Jeon Do Yeon certainly brings some class and sparkle to the event. She really looks like a glamourous movie star and deserves the best actress award for her intense performance in Secret Sunshine. I think she raised the bar for Korean actors and showed the world that Korea is coming into it's own in terms of movie making talent. Also, Korean actresses aren't just fluff, but they can act too.

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no.13 I agree with you, I prefer the TV version better, espescially in terms of acting.
I often think that SHG gets a lot of perks because of her beauty. Do I think she deserves this award? in all honesty, NO.

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djes, Sohn Ye Jin and Kim Myung Min star in the upcoming movie Open City.

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Oh Jung Hye!

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Oh Jung Hye! She's so beautiful, and she's barely aged at all since 1993. Her main job is as a traditional Korean pansori singer, but she was in the Im Kwon Taek-directed classic "Seopyeonje", and the more recent "Beyond the Years", which was the sequel. Javabeans, if you haven't seen the former yet, you really, really should. It's wonderful. (I haven't seen all of the sequel yet, so I can't comment.) And Oh Jung Hye is wonderful in it.

Anyway, I saw the awards ceremony for this, and, speaking from a biased point of view, the highlight of the show was the part where Oh Man Seok and Lee Seon Gyun presented an award together. Their friendship and camaraderie was really great to see.

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Shim Hyung Rae needs to be slapped...or at least stopped. That William Hung of Korean cinema will send Korea's progress 10 years back if he keeps on making movies...

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Hi Ms Javabeans, I have to say I've started to get addicted to your blog and will visit at least a couple of time a day during office hours *grin* to get the gist of what's happening in KPOP.

For an Asian actress to win top acting honours at Cannes is a very big deal. And it seriously made me wanna go and watch the movie. It's high time for me to delve into the more serious stuff compare to all the fluff (romance/comedy) genres I like so much. *embarrassed*

Oh, as a guy, I know better than to wear black and blue. It is never a good colour combination. Maybe, Henney thought he can pull it off. ;p

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song hye gyo won??? i think she's acted worst there..

new actress didn't she already played in another movie before ??
what's a qualification to be new actress and actor??? dunno

gong hyo jin i love her she always act good !! another korean best actress

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I totally agree with you guys. I love Hwang Jin Yi drama that stars Ha Jin Won. So I got curious to see the movie and see how SHK has improved from her previously kinda ok work. And I was totally disappointed. The cast were terrible (at least the lead didn't match). I didn't see anything particularly noticeable in that movie except for the very beautiful background scenery in the last scence when HJY sends her lover's ash with the wind (SHK got lost in that scene - she is beautiful but not enough to steal the attention from the beautiful nature).

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SHK deserved win
I watched both the movie and TV drama
but I prefer the movie than the TV drama

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newbie here, dear javabeans may I ask why u think Daniel Henney's acting is so offensive to you? Though he's not anywhere near talented acting wise, at least in mnikss he's sufficient and that's his first role (ok that role doesnt take a lot of acting...but still). And I came across Dennis O's 'acting' which is nonexistant to the max , I felt embarrassed for him watching it. He's not being bombarded by this extreme an opinion. Just wondering... afterall Henney is still sorta newcomer.
I've seen My Father, he did give me a pleasant surprise fr the badbadbad Mr Perfect (it's unfair to blame it all on Henney, Perfect is just a lousy movie plain and simple)

now for SHK, I do agree with your opinion on her. Ppl have been more than lenient all along coz of her pretty face and I was expecting just a tiny little glimpse of hope for her to redeem herself in HJI...but it's sucha major snoozefest for me even with forwarding. I particularly recalled a scene when HJI had to make a life altering decision and spent the last night with the love of her life...it should be an intimate, emotional scene that AT LEAST warranted a passionate kiss. But our dear old SHK acted stiffer than a cardboard and with no emotions whatsoever other than conveying to us how disgusted she was to have to show her bare shoulder on screen. tsktsktsktsktsk... shame on her and all her nominations and even an 'award' for this role.

I thought she was in a movie before with Chae Tae Hyun called My girl and I... I rem watching it and again bored my eyes out but not as disappointing as HJI....so my question is..how come she's still considered a new actress?!

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They are all very pretty. Daniel's suit is a bit awkward. Their fashion tastes are a bit different. Maybe i'm just not so big on very low cut dresses, but nether the less they look good on good looking people, with great looking bodies only . Something i'd never wear.

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Lee Yeon Hee is absolutely gorgeous!

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All people deserved to get Awards.. Song hye Gyo oh my God her acting is Sucks,, i began hate her after i watch her movie Hwang jin i ,, her acting was fully pathetic.. Ha ji won acted outstandingly in The Drama then Song Hye gyo ??????????????.. many people Shock when She was Win. She act patheticly,, she just famous because her face. BUT come on JUST BEST NEW ACTRESS not best ACtress , if she won best actress i'll hate this award so much

Daniel henney really Good aT My father indeed even i don't like him, but i recognize it , he was Great there.

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i luve oh jung hye yztilo from phillipines

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oh..my god your so beautiful....Sohn Ye Jin,i love u soooo much from dennis of philippines...hope i see u when i go to korea..........................

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hi sohn ye jin.........your my number one fun in philippines!!!!!!!!!!!

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the prettiest and most talented actress is SON YE JIN! no doubt :D

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