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EntertainmentKorean Actor Song Kang-ho is First Asian Honored With Locarno Excellence Award

00:55  18 may  2019
00:55  18 may  2019 Source:   variety.com

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Song Kang - ho ( Korean : 송강호; born January 17, 1967) is a South Korean actor . Following his debut appearance in The Day a Pig Fell into the Well

Actor Song Kang - ho is to be recognized at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, becoming the first Asian to receive the Excellence Award . “The Locarno Film Festival’s Excellence Award goes to actors who have followed significant, courageous paths. Thus far the recipients have all been American or

Korean Actor Song Kang-ho is First Asian Honored With Locarno Excellence Award © Aflo/REX/Shutterstock

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to leading South Korean actor Song Kang-ho, marking the first time this prestigious prize has gone to an Asian film personality.

Song, 52, who made his big screen debut at 29 in Hong Sang-soo’s edgy “The Day a Pig Fell into the Well” (1996), has since “never stopped experimenting,” said the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema in a statement.

The fest also underlined the versatile talent’s masterful turns in works by South Korean filmmakers such as  Bong Joon-ho, Hong Sang-soo, Jee- woon Kim and Park Chan-wook that have propelled him to top star status at home and made him an international name.

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Song Kang - Ho first worked in plays entering a troupe. And started working in film as supporting actor and minor roles that most people even couldn't notice. He caught his break through chance in 'Green Fish' as a supporting role with major impact.

His standout roles include turns in big-budget blockbuster “Shiri” (1999) directed by Kang Je-gyu; Kim Jee-woon’s wrestling comedy “The Foul King” (2000); Park Chan-wook’s “Joint Security Area” (2000); “Sympathy for Mr Vengeance” (2002) and “Thirst” (2009), Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder” (2003) and “Snowpiercer” in 2013, just to name a few.

Song is at Cannes this year as protagonist of Bong’s “Parasite,” which is world premiering in competition.

“So far the recipients of this prize have all been American or European; but for me it was important to open it up to Asian cinema,” Locarno festival artistic director Lili Hinstin, who is at her debut edition, said in the statement.

She described Song as the “peerless interpreter of the variety and intensity of emotions generated by Korean cinema,” emphasizing the diversity of his work.

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Song Kang - ho never professionally trained as an actor , beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Gimhae High School. In early 2000, Song 's popularity increased with his first leading role in the box office smash The Foul King, for which he reputedly did most of his own stunts.

Song Kang - ho never professionally trained as an actor , beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Gimhae High School. After getting a Broadcasting degree from Busan Kyungsang College,[2] he later joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theatre company with its emphasis on instinctive

Song will receive the award on August 12 in Locarno’s Piazza Grande. He will also be holding a panel discussion the next day.

Previous Excellence Award recipients include, Ethan Hawke, Mathieu Kassovitz, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert.

The 72nd edition of Locarno Film Festival will run August 7-17.

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