Chi­nese film, South Korean drama bag top prize

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

BUSAN (South Korea): A thrill-aminute ac­tioner from China and a mov­ing South Korean drama about a unique fam­ily re­union have taken the top prizes at Asia’s largest film fes­ti­val, with judges laud­ing both for their “orig­i­nal” takes.

Sav­age, from first-time Chi­nese di­rec­tor Cui Si-wei, pits a for­est ranger against gold thieves in a snowy moun­tain range and won praise from the New Cur­rents award jury at the Busan In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (BIFF) for be­ing “strik­ingly ac­com­plished and riv­et­ing”.

South Korea’s Clean Up, from de­but fea­ture di­rec­tor Kwon Man-ki, charts the tale of a strug­gling woman who is of­fered a sal­va­tion of sorts when she meets some­one from her past.

BIFF’s New Cur­rents award comes with prizes of US$30,000 (RM124,800) for the two most im­pres­sive ef­forts from first- or sec­ond-time Asian film­mak­ers and there had been a buzz af­ter screen­ings of Sav­age in par­tic­u­lar. The film now looks cer­tain for wide com­mer­cial re­lease in China and be­yond.

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