Bong Joon-ho to get major award

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Bong Joon-ho to get major award

Director Bong Joon-ho will be honored at this year’s Shin Young Kyun Arts & Culture Foundation (SACF) Artist Of The Year Awards, the organization announced on Monday.

Every year, the organization selects artists in five categories - Film, Distinguished, Good People, Stage and New Artist - who have made major contributions to the arts and entertainment industry over the year. Bong will receive the Artist of the Year award in the Film division for taking home the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival through his latest film “Parasite.”

Bong debuted as a director with the film “A Higher Animal” in 2000 and has been recognized for both his artistry and commercial success with his films, such as “Memories of Murder” (2003) and “Mother (2009).

The other four awards will go to actor Kim Ji-mi, celebrity couple Choi Su-jong and Ha Hee-ra, Jung Dong-hwan and director Kim Bo-ra.

Director Kim will be honored for her contributions to the film industry after the success of her debut feature film “House of Hummingbird,” which has been recognized at numerous international film festivals and has received 28 prestigious awards this year, most recently the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 28th Heartland International Film Festival.

Each award winner will receive prize money of 20 million won ($17,000). The award ceremony will take place on Nov. 6 at Myungbo Art Hall in central Seoul at 6 p.m.

By Lee Jae-lim
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