Starlet Receives Best Actress Award at Milan Film Fest

Lee Yoo-young /Courtesy of PK Entertainment Lee Yoo-young /Courtesy of PK Entertainment

Lee Yoo-young picked up the best actress award at the Milan International Film Festival on Monday for her portrayal of a young mother of two in postwar Korea for the film "Late Spring."

She is the first Korean to receive the honor at the festival, dubbed Italy's Sundance.

Directed by Jo Keun-hyun of "26 Years" fame, the movie is set in the 1960s, when Korea was impoverished in the wake of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Despite suffering many hardships and poverty, Lee's character retains her sense of innocence and optimism, like a ray of sunshine in spring.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 13, 2014 10:41 KST