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2016 Buil Film Awards

The Buil Film Awards were held on October 7, 2016 at the Bexco Auditorium in Busan, as part of the Busan International Film Festival. The awards are usually the second event of the festival following the opening red carpet the day before, and the awards are industry-wide for domestic Korean films, not festival-specific awards for the films programmed at BIFF. So they’re more like the Blue Dragons or the film section of the Baeksangs, rather than the competitive jury awards at the end of Cannes or Venice. I’m not sure why BIFF does it this way, especially since the awards themselves overlap with Baeksangs and Blue Dragons and Daejongs in terms of selection, but Buil has been around since 1958 (so older than the Blue Dragons). It’s not like one more trophy ever hurt anybody, right?

The winners were familiar projects, since many of them have already won one or more of the other film awards mentioned. At Buil, Ryu Seung-wan’s action thriller Veteran won Best Picture while Lee Jun-ik won Best Director for his biopic Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet. At the Baeksangs, it was the reverse: Lee Jun-ik won the Daesang and Ryu Seung-wan won Best Director (which he also won at the Blue Dragons).

There weren’t any surprises in the top honors in acting—Lee Byung-heon and Sohn Ye-jin took home the big prizes—but I was happy to see that veteran Kim Eui-sung (W–Two Worlds) won Best Supporting Actor for Train to Busan, and that Park So-dam (Cinderella and the Four Knights) won Best Supporting Actress for The Priests, when she was expected to win another Newcomer award. Basically, it was a good year for Dad and Cinderella, in both film and TV.

 
WINNERS LIST

Best Picture: Veteran
Best Director: Lee Jun-ik (Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet)
Best Actor: Lee Byung-heon (Inside Men)
Best Actress: Sohn Ye-jin (The Truth Beneath)
Best Supporting Actor: Kim Eui-sung (Train to Busan)
Best Supporting Actress: Park So-dam (The Priests)
Best New Director: Yoon Ga-eun (The World of Us)
Best New Actor: Tae In-ho (Shadow Island)
Best New Actress: Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden)
Best Screenplay: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (Shin Yeon-shik)
Best Cinematography: Veteran (Choi Young-hwan)
Best Music: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (Mowg)
Best Art Direction: The Handmaiden (Ryu Sung-hee)
Yu Hyun-mok Film Arts Award: Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan, Seoul Station)
Buil Readers’ Jury Award: The Handmaiden

 

 

Sohn Ye-jin won Best Actress for The Truth Beneath, and her award was presented by last year’s winner, Jeon Do-yeon (The Shameless), and last year’s Best Supporting Actor Lee Kyung-young (Minority Opinion). Sohn Ye-jin’s dress is cute, but it’s oddly informal, and seems like something she should wear to an afternoon tea party (the mirror graphic says “Who is the most beautiful?”). I actually like the dress itself and I absolutely love the shoes, and she looks gorgeous… but that’s just not a red carpet look, and I’m a little miffed that she wasted a chance to show up in something amazingly flowy and godessy. On the upside, next to Jeon Do-yeon in her random I’m-not-even-going-to-try black matron dress, Sohn Ye-jin looks downright fancy.



 

Lee Byung-heon took home the Best Actor award for Inside Men, and looks perfect, as usual. The patterned tux is a winner.


 

You know, I’m glad that Park So-dam went full Cinderella this time, because why not when you’re young and raking in all the awards? She picked a good night to wear a pink ball gown—it’s not a very interesting dress in and of itself, but she’s styled perfectly, she looks amazing, and it’s her big night to stand out against the crowd, as the Best Supporting Actress for The Priests. I loooooove her hair this way (so much better than the ponytail with bangs she had last night), and her youthful, glowy look.



 

Tae In-ho took home the New Actor award for his indie film Shadow Island. It’s nice to see him getting recognition, because he’s been really good in dramas (The Good Wife, Misaeng); hopefully this means bigger and better roles to come! Oh, and I like the blue tux, even if I can’t tell that it’s not black in most shots.


 

Rookie actress Kim Tae-ri just debuted this year in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, and picked up the New Actress award. I like her simple but flattering dress, though as the fresh-faced ingenue, I would’ve liked for her to pick something brighter and flashier. She’s probably got a lot of red carpets in her future, so maybe she’ll work her way up to it.


 

Byun Yo-han (Socialphobia) and Lee Yoo-young (Spring) were last year’s New Actor and New Actress winners, and came to present awards. I kind of miss Byun Yo-han’s scruffy look, because he suddenly seems like a kid again. The top half of Lee Yoo-young’s dress has too much material and I don’t like the neckline, but it’s such a lovely color, and the bottom ruffles are so pretty.



 

Ohn Joo-wan (Time Renegades) and announcer Ahn Hee-sung were MCs for the event. He seems really dressed down next to her in the red gown, but he looks good. I preferred his tux last night—now that was perfect.


 

Last year’s Best Supporting Actress winner Moon Jung-hee (Cart), presenting an award with Kim Bo-sung (Analog Human). I love this dress on her. I think this is the silhouette that Sohn Ye-jin should’ve gone for, if sleeves were her thing—floor-length, perfectly fitted, elegant. There’s just something really aesthetically pleasing about the simple I-fit-so-well-I-could-be-a-T-shirt formal dress, and Moon Jung-hee looks so good in it.



 

Director Kwak Kyung-taek, last year’s Best Director winner for The Classified File.

 

Director Lee Jun-ik, who added a Best Director trophy to his collection tonight for Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet.

 

Director Yoon Ga-eun picked up the Best New Director award for The World of Us.

 

Musician Mowg won Best Music for Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet.

 

And writer Shin Yeon-shik won Best Screenplay, also for Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet.

 

Best Supporting Actor Kim Eui-sung (Train to Busan) is having a stellar year. He said in his acceptance speech, “I’ve worked many kinds of jobs, but there’s nothing better than being an actor. I get paid to do something this fun, and now I even get an award for it—it’s incredible.” Aww.

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Goddess Sohn Ye-Jin!

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Best Picture: Veteran? really?
I mean there's The Handmaiden and The Wailing.

and congrats to Kim Eui Sung. His role in TTB is really annoyed.

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I didn't know Kim Eui-sung was THAT GUY! He looks so different! But I agree he did a great job portraying a selfish b*st*rd.

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oh my! i didnt as well.. i had to give him a triple look before i recognized him as the annoying selfish guy.. definitely a well deserved win!

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Kim Eui-sung and Ma Dong-seok were the highlight of Train to Busan for me. This is a well deserved award. He was so real and I can't help but think of the Sewol ferry tragedy. He is that kind of CEO that we don't get to see.

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@paroles - that was my exact reaction! I had to go look up who his character was. He looks so different without the scruffy facial hair, haha!

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Kim Tae-Ri is my personal choice for best dressed at the event, I have no doubts she'll be gracing the red carpet in the future and picking up more awards.

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hm, it looks like sohn ye-jin's shoes are slightly too big for her? that must be uncomfortable.

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Can't wait to see what Kim Tae Ri does next. She was great in The Handmaiden and pretty solid with her comedic timing, too. Lots of potential there.

I should watch The Priests, it seems October would be a good time to do so. And The Wailing that the second commenter mentioned. And Dong Ju. And Train to Busan.

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Yes we need more women in Chungmuro. She has potential to make it. I hope she doesn't do dramas until she establish a movie career first.

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I looove looking (and judging) what all the actors/actresses wear each year to the award shows but hmm the dresses are all quite plain and boring for this award ceremony.

Sohn Yejin's dress even looks a bit childish if you ask me. I think Park So Dam wore the sweetest colour but somehow the off-sleeve thing is not really flattering on her.

ahh anyway can't wait to see more award ceremony outfits soon!!!! More young hot boys pls

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Isn't Buil supposed to be a more informal, intimate affair? Hence the many appearances of t-shirts, gray blazers, and tea dresses.

Although I agree with you, the timing is rather odd, especially with the festival happening in the background. As far as I know, the festival also has their own awards (correct me if I'm wrong). Maybe its a logistical thing. Bring the industry down to Busan for the festival and hand them out the awards while they're there.

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LOL that's very efficient of them!

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Thank you GF <3. Love film awards because we hardly get to see or hear about those in the film industry in dramas.

I'm so rooting for the new and young talents, Lee Yoo-young <3, Kim Tae-ri and Park So-dam.
Park So-dam was great in Priest. I'm glad she got to work with Kim Yun-seok, Kim Eui-sung, Son Jong-hak....

Jeon Do-yeon and Sohn Ye-jin <3 have been the 2 solid actresses representing the women for years in an industry that is still dominated by men.

Kim Eui-sung rocking <3. Lee Kyung-young is a fantastic actor, often wasted in dramas. I'm glad he is back in Chungmuro with 3 movies coming out next year.

Best Art Direction: The Handmaiden (Ryu Sung-hee) Big yay for Ryu!

Veteran taking best picture? Lol.

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Happy for Park So-dam! So glad she's establishing herself in Chungmuro. Not a fan of her dress and the colour, but still she looks great in it.

I like Kim Tae-ri's look and her dress is lovely.

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There have been a lot of memes in SNS about Kim Eui-sung as 2016's Villain of the Year. I liked him as Dad in W because he was awesome. I loved to hate him in Train to Busan (I actually didn't recognize him at first) as did most of the audience at the cinema when I watched. There was cursing and shouts of "Die already!" and cheering when his character finally got zombified. :)

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I yelled "that's not nice" but then I remembered that I was relieved when his manhwa evil part died in W. KES is a great actor.

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So many films to watch this long winter!
Park Sodam looks indeed like the Cinderella she's meant to be- most elegant and beautiful.

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I prefer PSD dress from yesterday. But she is gorgeous. That's undeniable.

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wow! the world is really small. I saw the second picture and I was like: this girl looks like yoon ga-eun. and it was her! kinda funny to think I actually met her this monday when her film opened the festival of contemporary arts in my town. :)
the world of us is a warm story about the friendship between two girls, about the problems they face at home and in school, and if they can weather the storm. watch it if you have a chance.

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Kim Tae Ri is so pretty! And fresh is the word indeed.

I love the golden heels on Sohn Ye Jin's shoe, goes with the emblazoned mirror on her chest ( so random lol). I didn't even recognize her at first!

Lee Hyun Heon looks dashing! So happy to see his handsome self.

I've never really been interested in Oh Joon Hwan but I must say, his appearance here and yesterday's tux matched with the adorable smile is totally getting me. I love this grey suit with the black shirt! Its subtly sexy.

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*Lee Byun Heon*

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Was this held around the days the typhoon/ storm surge was in Busan?

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