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Hong Gil Dong wins at Roma Fiction Fest 2008

This is kind of random, but the recent KBS fusion sageuk Hong Gil Dong just won an award at the second Roma Fiction Fest on July 12.

The competitive categories were TV Movie, Miniseries, and Continuing Series; Hong Gil Dong won for Best Miniseries.

According to the Roma Fiction Fest site, “The Festival confirms and restates the objective of offering itself as an annual event for the worldwide production of television fiction and as a meeting place where the elevated artistic quality of products matches great success in terms of audience.”

The Diamond Award (best of all three categories) went to 10 Days to War, a BBC Two production that also won for best TV Movie. Special Mention went to Boris 2, shown on Fox Channels Italy, which was also the winner of the Best Continuing Series category.

Hong Gil Dong isn’t in bad company: other awards included Best Director (Continuing Series) going to Omar Madha of Spooks, Best Male Lead (Continuing) going to Michael C. Hall of Dexter, and Julianna Margulies for Best Female Lead (Continuing) for Canterbury’s Law.

You can see the full winners list here: Roma Fiction Fest.

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yay!!! congratulations to the cast and crew of hong gil dong!!! you deserve it!!!
thanks for the news, javabeans! ;)

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wasn't a fan on hong gil dong...but still is great! and MICHAEL C. HALL!!! YESSS!

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I'm SO happy!!!! T_________T
In Italy dramas are NOT known, I hope this means there is soon a possibility to see dramas in tv (or something similar).
Plus Hong Gil Dong IS a great drama, at last! The only one that went on tv was Garo, and it was AWFUL, i don't know who chose it.

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thanks Javabeans...so happy to hear this piece of news ...congrats to the staff, crew and actors/actresses of HGD.

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congrats to HGD!! :D

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Est-ce que je suis la seule personne ici qui ne peut pas penser à HGD sans avoir cette chanson, le thème, dans la tête pour toute la jounée? Félicitations à Hong Gil Dong !

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wow awards named after a tomato. writers are sooo creative.

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Roma is the city. Which Americans know as Rome.

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Yay! Loved the drama, glad it's getting more attention!!

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Eccellente! Maybe my cousin in Italy (ok, she lives near Perugia) will send me some info about it. I just wrote her a letter about my love of k-dramas. hehe

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@ Jane elliot.
Everytime I hear Hong Gil Dong, I have "If" by Taeyeon playing in my head. But which theme song are you talking about? The one by No Brain?
Congrats to Hong Gil Dong ^^ I enjoyed watching it.

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Annie:

Oui, celle de No Brain, "J'ai de la bonne chance" ou qqc comme ça. J'adore cette chanson. "If" c'est trop lent pour moi, je ne l'aime pas du tout.

Ah, non ce n'est pas vrai, je l'aime un petit peu :)

Connais-tu d'autres morceaux de No Brain? Comme l'un que Han Gyul et Eun Chan chantent dans Coffee Prince? (Quand ils sommes les deux très ivres et ils s'amusent dans la fontaine...) Ça c'est un autres de mes préférés...

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Jane Elliot -- I believe "If" was the most-karaoke'd song of the year, or something like that. I admit to liking the song when initially used in the series (a memorable scene!) but it did get played out.

No Brain has some catchy songs, but the punk-rawk sound isn't really my thing. I do agree that the song plays in my head when I think of Hong Gil Dong, though.

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Oui, j'ai regarde "Coffee Prince" mais je n'ai pas su que les chansons etait celles-la de No Brain. Ack, sorry. My French is pathetic. I've taken it for five years and visited France twice but still, anything that strays from "hello, how are you?" sends me running towards the grammar books.

My finding out about No Brain prior to HGD was totally accidental. Apparently, only old fobs know about them as they are "underground" I think would be the word? So no, I don't know any of their other songs since they're not really my style. ^^

I guess I take away a sadder vibe from HGD than others do and that's why "If" plays in my head whenever I think of it though. Probably because of the last fifteen minutes of the series. The tears flowed freely. I admit I was part of the karaoke craze though. I sang it every time I went to a noraebang.

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Ouais, peut-être c'est parce que je n'ai pas aimé bcp les éléments plus sombres de la série que je me souviens plus facilement de Great Luck que de IF. Et aussi puisque je ne fais jamais le karaoké.

Mais quel que soit le cas, c'est une très bonne nouvelle! Javabeans reste toujours le meilleur blog de kdramas. Je te remercie bcp bcp.

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lee: i'm kidding! well, sort of :)

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Yayyyy Hooray for Hong Gil Dong!!!!^_^

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Hong Gil Dong definitely deserves this. I've seen alot of dramas produced in 2008 and so far Hong Gil Dong is still one of the most memorable. Kang Ji Hwan

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Happy to hear this news!
and thanks for the song post! Love it! You're my kpop guru! "bow to you"

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Wow, that's nice. I live in Italy and I had no idea HGD won. I didn't even know it was a nominee. *headdesk* Just like Kallista said, dramas are not popular here. *pouts*

I love dramas, but for some reason I can't get into HGD. I watched 2 eps and meh, still not getting into it. I'll keep on watching cos you recced it and I only heard good things about it.

BTW, keep up the good work. You = awesome!

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OMG I was in Rome just a few days ago and took some photos on the red carpet outside the Fest venue. I was then joking that we might see some big names - hope I haven't missed any HGD cast.........

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Can you pls put Hong Gil dong in the Philippines! I want many people here to see it

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