January 01, 2015 08:25
Actress Chun Woo-hee has been chosen as the most promising discovery of 2014 by film critics and industry watchers. Chun was the biggest surprise at the annual Blue Dragon Film Awards by winning the best actress award despite being a relative newcomer.
Many critics, however, agreed that she deserved the award, as she had built her career slowly and gradually and has strong potential to grow further.
Chun won the award for her superb performance in indie film "Han Gong-ju" that only attracted some 220,000 viewers. Although that is respectable for an indie film, it is hardly a match for the big blockbusters of the year.
But Chun's portrayal of the troubled rape victim in the film was so impressive that it won everyone over.
In her acceptance speech, a tearful Chun said, "I think this award sends me a message never to give up. I will do my best to keep on acting with confidence, I hope this will help spark more interest in indie and small-budget films."
Film critic Shim Young-seop said, "It's great to see a new actress who is capable of carrying a film on her own."
Korean films starring a single actress have struggled to achieve commercial success recently, which makes Chun's triumph all the more significant.
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