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South Korea’s first zombie blockbuster, Train to Busan, has won the Cheval Noir trophy for best feature and the audience award for best Asian feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival, which wrapped Wednesday in Montreal.
Yeon Sang-ho’s live-action directorial debut picked up the prizes amid a bidding war for the pic’s remake rights, with Fox, Sony and several European studios competing for the property.
Fantasia co-director Mitch Davis told The Hollywood Reporter the film has created quite a buzz among buyers attending two sold-out screenings in Montreal. “When we heard Fox, Sony and others were circling the property for a potential remake, we were not surprised. It is a phenomenal piece of art,” he said.
Train to Busan, which debuted at Cannes, set an all-time record for box office in South Korea when it opened July 22.
Other Fantasia award winners included Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa taking the Cheval Noir prize for best director for Creepy, and the best screenplay trophy going to another South Korean director, E J-Yong, for The Bacchus Lady.
In the acting categories, Franko Dijak won the Cheval Noir for best actor for his star turn in Goran, while Youn Yuh-jung won best actress honors for her work in The Bacchus Lady. Elsewhere, Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Pascal Chaumeil’s Un Petit Boulot shared the audience award for best film from Europe or the Americas and Daniel Grou’s King Dave received the audience prize for best Canadian feature.
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