22 de mar de 2007

Song Kang-ho (korean actor)

Song Kang-ho

South korean actor (born January 17, 1967) beginned his acting career in social theatre groups. Joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theatre company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation which proved Song's training ground.

First part at movies was a role as an extra in Hong Sang-soo's The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996).In the following year, after portraying one of the homeless in Jang Sun-woo's docu-style Bad Movie, he gained cult notoriety for his show-stealing performance in Song Neung-han's No. 3 as a gangster training a group of young recruits, winning his first Best Actor award.

Had an impressive role as Han Suk-kyu's secret agent partner in Kang Jae-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri. In early 2000, Song became a star with his first leading role in the box office smash The Foul King, for which he reputedly did most of his own stunts. But it is with his award-winning role as a North Korean sergeant in Joint Security Area that Song came to the forefront as one of Korea's leading actors.

Song also starred in Park Chan-wook's acclaimed followup, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which centers around a father's pursuit of his daughter's kidnappers.

In 2002 Song starred in another major production by Myung Films, YMCA Baseball Team, about Korea's first baseball team which formed in the early 20th century. The following year he played a leading role in yet another critically-acclaimed smash hit, Memories of Murder from young director Bong Joon-ho.

In 2004 Song starred in a film by debut director Im Chan-sang that imagines the life of South Korean president Park Chung-hee's personal barber, The President's Barber. In 2005, took the lead in Antarctic Journal, a big-budget project by debut director Im Phil-sung, about an expedition in Antarctica.

He lined up to star in Bong Joon-ho's politically-themed creature movie The Host (2006), as well as a film based on the famous book Song of Ariran. (http://koreanfilms.org)

Complete Filmography:

The Host (2006)
Antarctic Journal (2005)
The President's Barber (2004)
Memories of Murder (2003)
YMCA Baseball Team (2002)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Joint Security Area (2000)
The Foul King (2000)
Shiri (1999)
The Quiet Family (1998)
No. 3 (1997)
Bad Movie (1997)
Green Fish (1997)
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996)

Best Actor Awards:
Grand Bell Award (Film: JSA, 2001);
First Asia Film Awards (The Host, 2007)

First Asia Film Awards

First Asia Film Awards Winners:The great winner of the night was the South Korean thriller The Host, with 4 awards:
Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
Best Film : The HostGwoemul” (South Korea)

Best Director: Jia Zhang-Ke, for Still LifeSanxia Haoren” (China).

Best Actor: Song Kang-ho (“The Host”).

Best Actress: Miki Nakatani, in “Memories of Matsuko” (Japan).

Best Screenwriter: Mani Haghighi, for “Men at Work” (Iran).

Best Cinematographer : Kim Hyung-goo (“The Host”).

Best Production Designer: Tim Yip, for “The Banquet” (China).

13 de mar de 2007

57th Berlinale

57th Berlinale International Film Festival (Berlin February 17, 2007)

And the Winners are:

Golden Bear (Best Film): Tuya's Marriage (“Tu ya de hun shi”).
Producer: Le Wang.
Director: Wang Quan'an.
Actors: Yu Nan, Bater, Sen'ge, Zhaya,China.

Chinese drama "Tuya's Marriage" shows the drastic social and economic impact of China's rural exodus with the story of a woman who must choose between love and her family's survival in the Mongolian steppes.

Alfred Bauer Prize (to a work which "takes the art of film in a new direction"):
I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Ok (“Sai bo gu ji man gwen chan a”) by Park Chan-wook (South Korea).


Fantasporto honors the chinese cinema!

Hong Kong actress Isabella Leong was crowned Best Actress in the Director's Week section at the Oporto International Film Festival (Fantasporto), the biggest film festival of Portugal, for her performance in the film “Isabella”.
The film, by Hong Kong director Pang Ho-Cheung, also received the Best Film award in the Orient Express section.

And chinese mainland director Chen Kaige's "The Promise" took home the Special Jury Prize in the section.

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

Nominations to the Hong Kong Film Awards (April 15, 2007)

Best Picture:
After This Our Exile
Curse of the Golden Flower
Election 2

Best Director:
Patrick Tam Ka Ming (After This Our Exile);
Jacob Cheung Chi Leung (Battle of Wits);
Johnnie To Kei Fung (Election 2);
Johnnie To Kei Fung (Exiled);
Zhang Yimou (Curse of the Golden Flower).

Best Screenplay:
Patrick Tam Ka-Ming, Tian Kai-Leong (After This Our Exile);
Alan Mak Siu-Fai, Felix Chong Man-Keung (Confession of Pain);
Yau Nai-Hoi, Yip Tin-Shing (Election 2);
Sylvia Chang, Mathias Woo, Theresa Tang (Happy Birthday);
James Yuen Sai-Sang, Jessica Fong, Lo Yiu-Fai (My Name is Fame).

Best Actor:
Aaron Kwok Fu Sing (After This Our Exile);
Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Confession of Pain);
Chow Yun Fat (Curse of the Golden Flower);
Jet Li (Fearless);
Lau Ching Wan (My Name is Fame).

Best Actress: Gong Li (Curse of the Golden Flower);
Rene Liu (Happy Birthday);
Isabella Leong (Isabella);
Teresa Mo Shun Kwan (Men Suddenly in Black 2);
Angelica Lee Sum Kit (Re-cycle).

Best Supporting Actor:
Gouw Ian Iskandar (After This Our Exile);
Jay Chou (Curse of the Golden Flower);
Liu Ye (Curse of the Golden Flower);
Nick Cheung Ka-Fai (Election 2);
Simon Yam Tat-Wah (Election 2).

Best Supporting Actress:
Kelly Lin (After This Our Exile);
Zhou Xun (The Banquet);
Isabella Leong (Diary);
Crystal Tin Yui Lei (My Mother is a Belly Dancer);
Candy Yu On On (My Name is Fame).

Best Newcomer:
Gouw Ian Iskandar (After This Our Exile);
Pei Pei (Dog Bite Dog);
Betty Sun Li (Fearless);
Huo Siyan (My Name is Fame);
Matthew Medvedev (baby in Rob-B-Hood).
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