‘The Throne’ picked as best film of 2015 by Korean film reporters

January 21, 2016
The Throne

The Throne

SEOUL (Yonhap) — An association of film reporters in South Korea said Thursday that it has chosen “The Throne,” the tragic story of a Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) king starving his own son to death, as the best domestic picture of last year.

The Korean period drama was chosen to win Best Picture from the Korea Film Reporters Association, beating out other box-office sensations “Veteran” and “Assassination.”

The historical film also took home the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards. Rising young star Yoo Ah-in took Best Actor for the role of ill-fated Crown Prince Sado.

The movie depicts how King Yeongjo struggled to keep his own throne in the face of various challenges and clashed with his son, eventually locking him in a wooden rice chest for eight days to slowly kill his own child.

Jeon Hye-jin captured the supporting actress award for her role in the historical film directed by Lee Joon-ik.

However, the film journalists picked Ryoo Seung-wan as the recipient of the Best Director Award for his action comedy “Veteran.”

Best Actress went to Jeon Do-yeon for her role in the film “The Shameless, 2014.”

Oh Dal-su, who played an impressive role in the historical action flick “Assassination,” won Best Supporting Actor.

The Korea Film Reporters Association, with 82 members from 50 media companies, chooses winners for the “Film of the Year Awards” every January from all the domestic films that opened the previous year. Winners are chosen through the members’ votes.

This year’s awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at the Press Center in downtown Seoul.