'Mother' wins Blue Dragon

Oscar contender takes top prize, two other awards

HONG KONG – "Mother," South Korea's contender for the foreign-language Oscar, was Wednesday named as best film at the Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul.
 
The Bong Joon-ho-directed picture also picked up a best supporting actor win for Jin Goo and best cinematography.
 
The best director prize went to Kim Yong-hwa, for sports comedy "Take Off," a win which was a repeat of his victory at last month's Grand Bell awards.
 
"Closer to Heaven" earned Kim Myung-min and Ha Ji-won the best actor and best actress prizes, respectively.
 
Kang Hyoung-Chul was names as best new director for hit "Scandal Makers," while Yang Ik-june, who wrote, directed, and starred in his debut film "Breathless" won the prize for best new actor. Kim Kko-bbi of "Breathless" and Park Bo-young of "Scandal Makers" shared the prize for best new actress.
 
The ceremony, held at the KBS Hall, also included a prize for "Haeundae" as the film with the biggest audience of the year (11.5 million spectators and an estimated box office of $69 million) and a posthumous award for Jang Jin-young. The two-time winner of the best actress award died of stomach cancer in September, aged 35.
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