Monday November 19, 2012
KIM Ji-woon, best known for his 2003 horror movie A Tale Of Two Sisters and 2010 thriller I Saw The Devil, won a coveted prize from US Filmmakers Alliance, a group of cineastes who is in support of independent movies.
The South Korean filmmaker won the Vision Award at the annual VisionFest.
“The prize is given to an established filmmaker whose artistic ambition and consistent filmmaking excellence provide artistic inspiration to upcoming emerging filmmakers all around the world,” said the group on its website.
The award’s past recipients include Wim Wenders, Allison Anders, Alexander Payne, Christine Vachon and Winding Refn. Kim is the first Korean director to win the prize.
The 48-year-old made his debut in 1998 with his comedy-horror film The Quiet Family. He is noted for successfully tackling a wide range of film genres, including comedy, horror, thriller, action and noir.
His A Tale Of Two Sisters was inspired by a traditional Korean folktale, while his 2005 noir Bittersweet Life and I Saw The Devil were recognised for their raw depiction of violence and the human condition.
Kim is currently working on his Hollywood debut film Last Stand, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the leading role.
“Kim’s eclectic oeuvre never fails to thrill and enthrall,” the organisation said on its website.
“He has an unfailingly distinctive vision that expresses itself in every frame of every genre he’s tackled, or mixed genre he’s created. Filmmakers Alliance is honoured to be a part of his introduction to the mainstream American audiences.”
The US$30mil (RM90mil) film is about an American sheriff working in the small border town of Sommerton Junction and a notorious drug kingpin who escapes from an FBI prisoner convoy.
The film is slated to open in theatres in South Korea and the United States next January. – The Korea Herald