South Korean trio sweeps Far East Asian awards in Italy

NEW DELHI: South Korea swept the main awards at the 17th Far East Film Festival in Italy over the weekend.

The Festival was held in Udine from 24 April to 2 May. The results were announced after midnight following a closing gala screening of The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D.

With an average score of 4.44/5 from the audience, J.K. Youn's Ode to My Father was the most popular film. The drama traces the remarkable globetrotting journey of a man who made immense sacrifices for his family.

The runner-up awards went to Lee Won-suk's The Royal Tailor and E J-Yong's My Brilliant Life. Lee won the audience award two years ago with his debut film, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013).

Royal Tailor also won the My Movies Audience Award, voted by users of the Italian film website.

Youn, E and Lee are former guests of the festival. Youn attended with Sex is Zero (2002); E has been a regular guest since An Affair (1998) at the event's first edition; Lee has attended the event with both his films.

With an average score of 4.15/5.00, Sotho Kulikar's The Last Reel won the Black Dragon Award, chosen by the festival's die-hard supporters who purchase premium passes. It is the first Cambodian film to have screened at the event.

The festival also handed awards to Joe Hisaishi, Jackie Chan and Nansun Shi at this year's edition.

Hisaishi conducted a concert of his music on the eve of the festival. Shi attended last night's closing film and held an on-stage talk with Marco Muller.

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