Director Park Chan-wook, Actor Song Kang-ho Honored at Cannes Festival

  • By Kim Sung-hyun

    May 30, 2022 11:16

    Director Park Chan-wook and actor Song Kang-ho were awarded honors at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Saturday.
    Park won Best Director for "Decision to Leave" and Song Best Actor for "Broker," Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's Korean-backed film.
    It is the first time that Korean films have brought home two trophies in the competition section from one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.
    The historic achievement came three years after director Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for "Parasite" in 2019.
    Director Park Chan-wook (left) and actor Song Kang-ho pose with their trophies at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 28.
    Song is the first male Korean actor to win a major international award for best performance. No other Korean actor has won at any of the world's three most renowned film festivals -- Berlin, Cannes and Venice -- or at international awards shows like the Academy Awards.
    Among actresses, Jeon Do-yeon was honored at Cannes in 2007 for her leading role in "Secret Sunshine," Kang Soo-yeon at Venice in 1987 for her leading role in "The Surrogate Woman" and Youn Yuh-jung at last year's Academy Awards for her supporting role in "Minari."
    For Park, it is the third time he has won at Cannes, following the Grand Prix for "Oldboy" in 2004 and the Jury Prize for "Thirst" in 2009.
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