February 02, 2005 13:24
Director Im Kwon-taek will take one of the highest awards of the Berlin International Film Festival, which opens next Thursday.
The 71-year-old will receive the event's honorary Golden Bear award in recognition of his forty-year contribution to promote Korean cinematography on global screens.
Im has gained immense popularity for his faithful portrayal of Korean culture as an agrarian society that endured colonialism, war, military dictatorship and industrialization.
Im will become the first Asian to be given the award as the festival features some of his 99 films including "Chunghyang," a folktale of a pair of lovers.
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