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Song Kang-ho honored at film fest


Actor Song Kang-ho received the Excellence Award at the 72nd Locarno International Film Festival on Monday in Switzerland, becoming the first Asian actor to do so.

The prestigious Swiss film event was held at Palexpo Hall in Locarno.

Last year’s award went to Ethan Hawke, and acclaimed actors such as Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Edward Norton and Bill Pullman have also clutched the prize.

“I’m so flattered to receive an award with such tradition and beautiful history,” Song said. “I hope that this special moment can also encourage and console all the struggling artists following their passion.”

Director Bong Joon-ho also attended the ceremony with Song.

“I also give the honor of this award to Bong, who came to accompany me on this event and who will always be my companion.”

Before the actor received the award, a three-minute clip showing Song’s works, including “The Foul King” (2000), “Secret Sunshine” (2007), “Sympathy for Mr. Vengence” (2002), “The Host” (2006) and “Snowpiercer” (2013), was shown.

When asked about what motivated him to become an actor, Song replied, “There were various influences in my life, but the most striking one had to be growing up watching Steve McQueen films. That’s when I started dreaming of becoming an actor one day.”

By Lee Jae-lim

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