Park named Korea's best director

'Thirst' helmer chosen by peers for fourth award

HONG KONG -- Korea's film directors Monday named Park Chan-wook the best director of the year at a ceremony in Seoul.
At the 12th running of the Directors' Cut Awards, Park was named for his vampire drama "Thirst." It is the fourth time that Park has won. He was previously honored for "Joint Security Area," "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy."
Iconic actor and star of "Thirst," Song Kang-ho was named best actor for the fifth time. Veteran TV star Kim Hye-ja was named best actress for her leading role in Bong Joon-ho's "Mother."
Ounie Lecomte was named the best new directing talent for "A Brand New Life," while Yang Ik-june, director of "Breathless," received an award for best independent film. The $77 million boxoffice haul for "Haeundae" earned producer-director Yoon Je-kyoon the best producer award.