'Masquerade' Sweeps Daejong Film Awards

Lee Byung-hun (left) and Cho Min-soo Lee Byung-hun (left) and Cho Min-soo

"Masquerade" directed by Choo Chang-min on Tuesday made a clean sweep of the major categories of the 49th Daejong Film Awards.

Nominated in 14 categories, it won all of them -- Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Art Design, Best Music, Best Sound Effects, Best Lighting, Best Editing, Best Production, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. On top of that it bagged the Popularity Award.

The film, which had drawn 11 million viewers as of Tuesday, is a costume drama in which a clown who resembles Gwanghae, the 15th king of the Chosun Dynasty, steps in for the king.

Lee Byung-hun, who plays the dual role of the king and the clown, won Best Actor, and Ryu Seung-ryong, who played the chief secretary, Best Supporting Actor.

Among prizes that did not go to "Masquerade," Cho Min-soo, the heroine of Golden Lion winner "Pieta" grabbed the Best Actress award, and Kim Hae-sook from "The Thieves" Best Supporting Actress.

Choi Jong-tae, director of "Hand in Hand," won Best New Director. Best New Actor award went to Kim Sung-kyun for "The Neighbors," and Best New Actress went to Kim Go-eun, who starred in "A Muse."

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 31, 2012 13:04 KST