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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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Locarno will honor South Korean actor Song Kang - ho , marking the first time its Excellence Award goes to an Asian film personality. “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

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

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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The ' Excellence Award ' recognizes actors and actresses who contributed to the growth of the international film scene. Furthermore, it was revealed that Song Kang Ho 's honoring as the ' Excellence Award ' at ' Locarno ' was decided even before the premiere of his latest film 'Parasite' at

South Korean actor Song Kang - ho has received the Excellence Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland becoming the first Asian to earn the honor . Song said he wants to thank and give credit to director Bong Joon-ho, who's worked with him in a number of projects, including the

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 bagged the Excellence Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland becoming the first Asian to earn the honor . The Excellence Award is given to actors recognized for their contribution to the international film industry. Past recipients include Hollywood

Song Kang Ho Shines As 1 st Asian Actor To Receive Locarno International Film Festival’s Excellence Award The awards ceremony began with a three-minute

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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