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8th Korea Film Awards
by | November 18, 2010 | 62 Comments

The 8th Korea Film Awards was a big night for the folks affiliated with dark thriller Ajusshi (aka The Man From Nowhere) and the Cannes winner (for screenplay) Poetry, both of which took home multiple awards.

To wit: Ajusshi was nominated in 11 categories and won in seven, including acting awards for both its leads, Won Bin and Kim Sae-ron. Meanwhile, Poetry won three, two of which were the top honors of the night, Best Picture and Director.

The event was emceed by Song Yoon-ah, who has been the solo host for this event three times. (The ceremony appears to have skipped a year, since the 7th Korea Film Awards were back in 2008.)

And now, I guess we can look forward to a busy awards season in the months to come! From here on out, we’ll be seeing a lot of them, and no doubt a lot of repeat names, including the nominees that didn’t happen to win on this day. (Those include movies I Saw the Devil, Barefoot Dream, Oki’s Movie, Secret Reunion, and Ha Ha Ha, and actors Choi Min-shik, Park Hee-soon, Jung Jae-young, Yoon Jung-hee, Jeon Do-yeon, and Moon So-ri, to name a few.)


Big winners Poetry and Ajusshi


Best Picture: Poetry
Director Award: Lee Chang-dong (Poetry)
Actor Award: Won Bin (Ajusshi)
Actress Award: Seo Young-hee (Bedevilled)
Supporting Actor Award: Yoo Hae-jin (Moss)
Supporting Actress Award: Yoon Yeo-jung (Housemaid)
New Actor Award: Song Sae-byuk (Bang-ja Chronicle)
New Actress Award: Kim Sae-ron (Ajusshi)
New Director Award: Jang Chul-soo (Bedevilled)
Screenplay Award: Lee Chang-dong (Poetry)

Art Direction: Park Il-hyun (Bang-ja Chronicle)
Cinematography: Lee Tae-yoon (Ajusshi)
Lighting: Lee Chul-oh (Ajusshi)
Editing: Kim Sang-beom, Kim Jae-beom (Ajusshi)
Visual Effects: Park Jung-ryul (Ajusshi)
Sound: Gong Tae-won, Jo Min-ho (Midnight FM)
Music: Shim Hyun-jung (Ajusshi)
Lifetime Achievement: Shin Sung-il



Won Bin, the big winner in the lead actor category, may not act often, but he always manages to leave an impression when he does. I love that he’s coming to awards shows this season with Kim Sae-ron, his Ajusshi co-star — which means you can expect to see a lot more of these adorable party dresses from her in the near future. The last one was all girlish pink and sweet ruffles; this one has ♥!HEARTS!♥ in the skirt! My inner 7-year-old is awash in glee.

Seo Young-hee won for her role in the horror-thriller Bedevilled (whose Korean title is translated literally The Whole Story of Kim Bok-nam’s Murder Case). Although at first glance it may look like a standard entry into the “Asian horror” genre, this film has earned buzz for its suspenseful plot and topic of domestic violence, and was a box-office success.


Song Yoon-ah (Wedding Dress) gave birth to her first child this year, and seems like she’s about ready to get back to work, starting with acting as MC for the awards ceremony. She favors black at formal events, doesn’t she? The first one looks like it’s trying to choke her with all the glitter, but second is elegant and simple.


I bet Song Sae-byuk will be a familiar face at awards this year, with films like The Fixer and Bad Deal, as well as the one that garnered him an award here, Bang-ja Chronicle. (Is it just me, or could he be Tablo’s brother in some of these shots?)


Lee Chang-dong‘s mantel overfloweth with directing (and writing) awards, such as for his much-acclaimed 2007 film Secret Sunshine, and now Poetry. Yoo Hae-jin, meanwhile, won for his work in the crime drama Moss.


Veteran actress Yoon Yeo-jung has already picked up four awards for her darkly funny role in ero-suspense thriller The Housemaid, and joked that she feels like (Olympic gold-medalist swimmer) Park Tae-hwan. Why do I have the feeling she’s far from done collecting trophies this year? (Her other awards have come from the Icheon Chunsa Film Festival, Bu-il Film Awards, and the Grand Bell Awards.)


In my mind, Park Joong-hoon is like the sweet, friendly guy everyone loves to hang around, like an Everyman who happens to be a movie star. Or an Everyoppa. His film My Gangster Boyfriend didn’t win anything tonight, but he was nominated for his performance in the offbeat romantic comedy.


Jung Yumi! This was my favorite look of the night, even if it’s short and therefore a little casual, but I admit I may be biased by my love for Jung Yumi (who was also nominated in the acting category along with her co-star Park Joong-hoon in My Gangster Boyfriend).

Then again, truth be told, she didn’t have much competition from the other dresses in terms of glamour or wow factor, because there weren’t any stunning red-carpet looks. And she looks luminous and gorgeous. So she wins!


Lee Seon-kyun is another of Jung Yumi’s co-stars — in the low-key film Oki’s Movie, which was nominated in the Best Picture category. I totally want to yell at him, “Mr. Voice! Take a shower!” — but admittedly that sentence ends with “…with me!” So I suppose that means the scruffy look is working?


Gong Hyo-jin (Pasta) wears clothes that would be drab on anyone else and somehow manages to be stylin’ and chic. If we break down the look, it’s basically a top that looks half-tucked into a shapeless skirt (and tucked pooly, at that, with the back flapping in the breeze)… but she looks great.


You know me and my aversion to bridalwear on red carpets, but Lee Yo-won (Queen Seon-deok) looks so happy to be there that you just want to let her have that moment. Even though I’m picturing her atop a big white cake.


I’ll admit to preferring Park Shin-hye (Cyrano Dating Agency) in flirty young dresses — this one looks a little… mature? Sorta like a repurposed bridesmaid’s gown dyed black to suit a more sophisticated night out. Alas, you can’t dye out ruffly. But she looks pretty.


With that smile, Eom Ki-joon (Hero) looks like a little boy. Adorable.


Oy, Seo Woo (Flames of Desire). It’s like she ran down a checklist of all the things that suit her body the least and crammed them into one, floofy, feathery design. She’s adorable, but that long skirt looks like it was meant for supermodel giantess, and she’s so very wee. Plus it looks like she strapped on a breastplate instead of a bodice. Who else wants to knock on that fabric expecting to hear a wooden *clunk clunk* sound?


Park Hee-soon (Barefoot Dream), who does gravelly-voiced villains so well (swoon), is favoring a vaguely Victorian look this awards season. No complaints here.


Seo Ji-hye (Kim Suro) and Song Chang-eui (Life Is Beautiful) make a good-looking pair. They play a married couple in a movie up for release next month, Tree that Sleeps Standing, which is no doubt why they’re here together. I could do without her furry vest (or sheer midriff), but I’m a sucker for monochromatic black suits. Also, for Song Chang-eui.


What a huge year for Daniel Choi, who was nominated in the New Actor category for Cyrano Dating Agency. Again the all-black, and again I like it.


At first you see Yoon So-yi (Hero) and you think, “Okay, her boobs are a little fluttery, but whatever…” Then she walks and eeee, that slit is Up To There and you think, “Wow, I almost knew more about you now than I cared to, thanks. Psst! Take smaller steps.”


Choi Min-shik was nominated for best actor, and his film, I Saw the Devil, also picked up several nominations (art direction, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing). Alas, no wins.


Moon So-ri arrived with her director husband Jang Joon-hwan. She looks so cute with her husband that I can’t snark on how bland her safe bridal gown is, with its tired asymmetrical neckline (when will those go out of style?). Oh wait, that was easier than I thought. Moon was nominated for Ha Ha Ha, which picked up a prize at Cannes this year in the Un Certain Regard competition.


And… prize for Most Improved goes to Lee Ah-yi (Korea 1%)! She just last month showed up to the Grand Bell Awards wearing an unfortunate black number that I compared to a mature witch on gala night. Yet here, she’s fresh! and adorable! and youthful! (And also possibly reminding anyone else of Michelle Williams?)


Jo Yeo-jung picked up some notice for her role as Chun-hyang in the ero-sageuk film Bang-ja Chronicle (in which she falls for Mong-ryong’s servant Bang-ja, in a reverse-Story of Hyang Dan). Don’t love the dress, but don’t hate it either. Now, if only us mere mortals could have the grand moments in our everyday lives punctuated with moody backlighting.


I can’t figure out how I feel about Ji Sung-won‘s (Bedevilled) gown. It’s made of velvet and, from the hips-up, is all sleek sophistication. And yet, it also comes with ruffly white underskirt, like she really wanted to come as a bawdy pirate wench, or maybe fancy saloon girl, but got talked out of it by a concerned manager and settled for pirate/wench/saloon-inspired instead.

Via Arts News


62 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jo

    gotta see some of these soon!

  2. heejung

    Oh god, javabeans, your commentary is awesome! I swear I look forward to the award shows just for your commentary! xD

    • 2.1 birdscout

      So do I, and javabeans has really hit new hilarious highs with the comments in this entry. The comments are spot-on but never *mean*. I laughed throughout:)

  3. kc

    jung yumi! love to see her play naive characters. The film with Lee min ki shin mina and park hae il was a so-so but I loved her there (with lee min ki of course)

    • 3.1 Bee

      Ha ha, I second that *LOL*

      • 3.1.1 Bee

        Sorry, this was meant to reply to comment #2 above

  4. Kiara

    “Howdy pirate wench”

    Then she walks and eeee, that slit is Up To There and you think, “Wow, I almost knew more about you now than I cared to, thanks. Psst! Take smaller steps.”

    etc etc

    Freaking hilarious, love JB the fashion police lol.

  5. estel

    I haven’t seen Poetry yet, but Ajusshi definitely deserved all of its awards — both Won Bin and Kim Sae-ron were awesome, and the cinematography, editing, lighting, sound, and everything else on that movie were excellent. Too bad it was so gory. I was a little grossed out, especially when I was watching it on the big screen. Still, congrats. Plus, I’m about to die of cuteness, seeing Won Bin and Kim Sae-ron together — so. cute. ^^

    • 5.1 estel

      Oops, sorry. Forgot the . D’oh *faceplam*

      • 5.1.1 estel

        And now I really look like a dork. I mean, I forgot the . *runs away to hide now*

  6. Birdie

    JB your commentary is so entertaining! What’s up with the actresses? They do not seem to be able to pick gowns that look good or are the stylists gone blind. Most of them are good looking and have great bodies-why can’t they pick something elegant and glamorous. I must say I was disappointed with the display this year.

  7. -adrianne-

    Oh my goodness jb, you crack me up! As pre-work, transit reading, you’re priceless.

  8. suz

    seo young hee looks like kim tae hee

  9. Linda Belle

    mr.voice!! haha…love him

  10. 10 Yoori

    I always look forward to javabeans commentary, so funny, witty, and honest!

    Geez, Korean celebrities sure love black attires! I see it at weddings, funerals (reasonable), awards, red-carpets, and every other events.

    Won Bin, what a beautiful man and the little girl is the luckiest girl in then entire world. Who gets to hold hands with Mr.Won Bin like that, Who?! But, really, hes looking quit thin …

  11. 11 Insane

    Park Shin Hye is so elegant!:-)

  12. 12 kay

    wow that slit is way too high. and that last dress is hideous. and i love your commentary jb

  13. 13 Wellington

    Go Min Nam has shed-off her boyish look. She has grown into a beautiful and elegant woman in a year since yab.

    I wonder what would hwang tae-kyung, shin woo and jeremy would say when they see go mi nam now – every inch a lady!

    • 13.1 rae

      it’s so nice to see park shin hye wearing an elegant gown coz the go mi nam image had been stucked to my brain for so long now,haha. radiantly beautiful eh!:)

  14. 14 hippy

    Park Shin Hye is beautiful!! I like her dress as well.

  15. 15 France

    among the ladies, i like park shin hye the most.

    among guys, their style all look the same to me – 3 piece suit.

    • 15.1 melon green

      same here. Park Shin Hye – elegant!

  16. 16 drk

    I am sure it is not just me! So what is going on with Won Bin’s weight. He seems too thin that it really scares me!

  17. 17 kpopfan

    Won Bin!

  18. 18 ionizable

    “At first you see Yoon So-yi (Hero) and you think, “Okay, her boobs are a little fluttery, but whatever…” Then she walks and eeee, that slit is Up To There and you think, “Wow, I almost knew more about you now than I cared to, thanks. Psst! Take smaller steps.””

    most amazing paragraph ever

  19. 19 stardusts

    aww, even though Shin Hye didn’t win, she looked absolutely gorgeous last night. She will have many more opportunities in the future. The fact that she was recognized is a feat in itself. Way to go, Shin Hye!!

  20. 20 Ani

    I was worried you weren’t going to comment on the clothes. And then I scrolled down and BEHOLD, fun awaited. XD

  21. 21 asianromance

    “My inner 7-year-old is awash in glee. “—> me too! I only had one full-blown party dress when I was a kid. The rest were spring/casual dresses. I wish I was a kid again so I can wear one of her dresses.

    My favorite was also Jung Yumi’s look. She’s elegant, but fresh.

  22. 22 anonymous

    awww…no close up photo of the always adorable Onew. You can see him with the Seo Woo photo though when he was MCing at the red carpet.

    I love how SHINee’s Onew’s career is expanding this year. After all, he is a multi-talented, adorable young man. I expect more musicals and future drama roles.

  23. 23 chaunnie

    i agree with the others, Park Shin Hye looks beautiful;-) and swoon for Won Bin;-)

  24. 24 mcjayjay

    wonbin was SO shy in these awards! they kept on bringing his name up and he gets so embarrassed!
    god who cant love this man?!?!

  25. 25 Lovepark

    Laughed my butt off at the Yoon So-yi comment. I couldn’t agree more. There were some pictures where I seriously thought I saw something that should not be seen (Why in the front, I ask. Why?!)
    I thought, overall, people looked cute if not a bit on the “normal” spectrum, but then again, I guess they like to play it safe and go with boring rather than tacky (which I can understand).
    I totally second you about Uhm Ki-joon, he looks adorably cute!
    Park Hee-soon, also, looks fabulous (I’m being totally bias, but it can’t be helped). His voice, appearance, the whole package makes me swoon!
    By the way, congrats to Yoo Hae-jin for winning. He deserved it, not to mention, I’m also his fan. (Why are there so many talented and charming actors!! I can’t keep up with the sheer vassness!)

  26. 26 sajor

    hahaha at the one atop a big white cake 🙂

  27. 27 thekors


  28. 28 jubilantia

    So javabeans… have you ever been on gofugyourself.com? It is fashion snark in fine form- I think you would get along with the blogesses over there quite nicely.

    LOVE your comments! I know you’re on the fence about Ji Sung-won, but I love her dress. It’s fun and unique and daring without being too crazy.

  29. 29 yeisha

    awww…won bin, my love. he totally deserves all the accolade. his acting was phenomenal in Ahjushhi. and how adorable is it that he looks so shy and uncomfortable with all this fussing over him?

    and yes, same goes for his little co-star kim-sae ron. she is too cute for words. and such a talented actress for someone so young.

    Ahjusshi, FTW!!! 😉

  30. 30 Questions987

    Who wore it better? That first black halter dress was worn by the model girl in boys over flowers.

  31. 31 Sumee

    let all the gowns & the tux begin ..along with Jng geun Suk weird fashion if he will be appearing to any award functions this year (I am sure he will ) 😉 But i still adore him ..he is toooooooooo pretty !

  32. 32 eleanor

    Park Shin Hye definitely stunning. If she is GMN, she is too beautiful for HTK, Jeremy and Kang Si Woo. BUT, it’s great to see Shin Hye on this way: exuberant, bright and with this beautiful smile on her face!

    • 32.1 petro

      this time around, park shin hye (go mi nam) looks good with daniel choi.

  33. 33 Joanne

    always a pleasure to read with your snark jb!

    ah, that monochromatic black look gets me all the time, too.

  34. 34 Fishstix

    My fav look of the night goes to Park Shin-hye, so pretty and such a great dress for her. She has never really stood out for me at award shows before but she looks great this time!

    I wish there was more color at the awards though, it looks like everyone is in black or white.

    And no offence to Seo Woo fans but her dress is just unfortunate and I don’t know why but every time she smiles, it’s like her face looks overstretched.

  35. 35 epyc

    Poetry is a poetically poignant movie….but it haunts me for weeks as if there’s a big rock pressing down my chest every time I think about it.

  36. 36 goldengirl

    shinhye looks beautiful and elegant in her dress. i love her.

  37. 37 Momo

    And the award for not-straightened shoulders goes this time to….Lee Ah-yi!!!


  38. 38 trish

    is it my imagination or has won bin lost so much weight? congrats to all winners! thnx JB for sharing!

  39. 39 eve

    Park Shin Hye’s gown does not look … mature. On the contrary. it is flattering. She looks great.

  40. 40 nelkk

    Hmm.. everyone was OKAY.. park shin hye and seo woo were the only ones who looked awesome, leaving out the guys i think everyone was kinda messed up especially Ji Sung-won .. oh well

  41. 41 Carinne

    All which run through my mind ISN’T IT COLD??

  42. 42 smiles

    The red carpets really seem to lack a bit of colour, everyone is either in black, white or nude – or vary slightly.

    Come on liven it up a bit with a bit of green or red – the going for the “pale and interesting” look is just really boring.

  43. 43 Kayt

    PSH is gorgeous. She has grown up to be a beautiful lady!!!
    Hope she will win next time
    Congrats for the winners!!!

  44. 44 krnkimbap

    “I totally want to yell at him, “Mr. Voice! Take a shower!” — but admittedly that sentence ends with “…with me!”

    ROFL! That’s why I’m addicted to your blog jb!
    In my eyes, Mr. Voice can do no wrong…

  45. 45 Lilian

    Best dressed female? the little girl or the host…which is pretty sad!

  46. 46 Park Hye Rin

    im really sad i didn’t see Ko Hyun Jung there:(

  47. 47 dor

    park shin hye is the most elegant, beautiful, stunning looks!!!…really really….she’s totally amazing!!!!!!!!

  48. 48 melon_green

    park shin hye looks very pretty and elegant! looks so good with daniel choi – when they stood on stage to present the award. looks like daniel choi is nervous beside shin hye.

    definitely, go mi nam is now transformed – this girl has now turned into a woman.

    sorry hyung nim…go mi nam will no longer ask your permission to date other guys – like daniel choi and george hu.

    you now have Mary hyung-nim. you can still admire go mi nam, but from afar.

    (the above, joke only)

  49. 49 Anonymous

    park shin hye is the Star of the NIght for me…so beautiful and elegant in an equally beautiful and elegant gown…

    definitely no trace of go mi nam, anymore..she’s grown to be a very pretty and sophisticated lady

    JGS, JYH, LHK, eat your hearts out, anjell guys, your best friend is now a lady….

    • 49.1 flor

      For me, Park shin hye is the loveliest of them all, she is so beautiful and elegant in an equally beautiful and elegant gown

      I wonder what HTK, Shinwoo and Jeremy would say…their GMN transformed into a fine and beautiful lady already….

      She and DC are the night’s best couple for me…uhmmnnn
      They look good together…funny how DC became nervous
      beside PSH…kekeke

  50. 50 anonymous

    i agree with most of you, Park shin hye is the loveliest…even if she didn’t win, being pitted against senior stars is already an honor for her…she is still young

    Hyungnim..Shinwoo, Jeremy…..Go mi nam is already grown up and she is such a pretty and sophisticated lady now..she has lots of admirers, I ‘m sure

    DC looks so nervous beside her…TW GH wants to date her, UTW wants to marry her etc

    but..DC and PSH are the best couple of the night for me


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