‘Han Gong-ju’ Picked as Best Local Film of 2014 by KOFRA

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

The Korea Film Reporters Association (KOFRA) announced on Monday that it has chosen coming-of-age film Han Gong-ju as the best domestic picture of 2014, reports Yonhap.

Written and directed by Lee Su-jin, Han Gong-ju is based on a true story of a high school girl who was a victim of gang rape. The film has garnered critical acclaim and swept several awards at international film festivals, including the Tiger Award at the 2014 International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Jury Prize, Critics’ Prize and the Audience Award at the 2014 Deauville Asian Film Festival.

Every January, KOFRA, which currently consists of 67 journalists, tallies up its members’ votes and selects the winners of its annual KOFRA Film Awards from all the domestic films that were released in Korea the previous year.

Although the actual awards ceremony is being held on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Korea Press Center in Seoul, the association published its full list of winners early Monday morning.

Chun Woo-hee received the best actress award for her titular role in Han Gong-ju while Choi Min-sik of period piece blockbuster The Admiral: Roaring Currents snagged best actor.

Yoo Hae-jin of The Pirates and Jo Yeo-jeong of Obsessed won best supporting actor and actress, respectively. Meanwhile, singer-actor Park Yoochun was awarded best new actor for his role in Haemoo.

My Love, Don’t Cross That River, a documentary about an elderly couple’s lifelong love, received best independent film. In addition, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which grossed over $671 million in the box office worldwide, won best foreign film of year.

Watch the trailer for Han Gong-ju below:



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