The Golden Horse Awards wasn’t the only film awards held in Asia this weekend. A Taxi Driver (택시운전사) emerged as the top winner at the 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards.
Inspired by a true story that happened during the Gwangju massacre in 1980, the Jang Hoon film won Best Film, Best Actor (Song Kang-ho), and Best Music. The Showbox release, which went in last night with eight nominations, is also currently the highest grossing film of the year so far.
Comedy-drama I Can Speak (아이 캔 스피크) also took two major awards, picking up Best Director (Kim Hyun-seok) and Best Actress (Na Moon-hee). The film was not nominated for Best Film.
Political drama The King (더 킹) also won two awards: Best Supporting Actress (Kim So-jin) and Best Editing.
The Merciless (불한당:나쁜 놈들의 세상), which had the most nominations with nine, went home with only the Best Cinematography award.
Historical epic The Fortress (남한산성) picked up Best Screenplay; Lee Hyun-ju won Best New Director for Our Love Story (연애담); Kwon Gui-duck received a special technical award for his stunt work on The Villainess (악녀).
Actor Cha Tae-hyun also took the stage to pay tribute during the award’s in memoriam segment, which included actor Kim Joo-huk, who recently passed away in a car crash.
38th Blue Dragon Awards winners list
Best Film – A Taxi Driver
Best Director – Kim Hyun-seok (I Can Speak)
Best Actor – Song Kang-ho (A Taxi Driver)
Best Actress – Na Moon-hee (I Can Speak)
Best Supporting Actress – Kim So-jin (The King)
Best Supporting Actor – Jin Seon-kyu (The Outlaws 범죄도시)
Best Screenplay – Hwang Dong-hyuk (The Fortress)
Best New Actress – Choi Hee-seo (Anarchist From Colony 박열)
Best New Actor – Do Kyung-soo (My Annoying Brother 형)
Best New Director – Lee Hyun-ju (Our Love Story)
Best Cinematography – The Merciless
Best Editing – The King
Best Score – A Taxi Driver
Best Art Direction – The Battleship Island (군함도)
Technical Award- The Villainess