Bong Joon-ho recognized for body of film work

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Bong Joon-ho recognized for body of film work


Filmmaker Bong Joon-ho was honored with an award from the French State Reform Minister Jean Vincent Place on Thursday at the opening ceremony of a local French cinema showcase hosted by French luxury brand S.T. Dupont.

Held at the CGV theater in Cheongdam, southern Seoul, the 47-year-old was made an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters for his contributions to the arts at the event held to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Korea-France diplomatic relations.

Bong is a renowned director whose abilities have been proven internationally through his hit “Snowpiercer” (2013). Based on the French novel “Le Transperceneige,” the science-fiction film became the most widely released and highest earning Korean film in France at the time. His other internationally acclaimed movies include “Mother” (2009) and “The Host” (2006). The 47-year-old is currently working on the new Korean-American sci-fi film “Okja,” which is slated to hit theaters in 2017.

Other film people that were previously given the Officer title include veteran actress Yun Jung-hee and director Tim Burton.

Meanwhile, the French cinema showcase, where widely-loved French films such as “La Boum” (1980) are being screened, will continue throughout Nov. 23.

By Jin Min-ji
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