South Korea's Oscar entry "A Taxi Driver" bagged the best film at the 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards held on November 25 at the Kyung Hee University Grand Peace Palace in Seoul.
"A Taxi Driver" tells the story of a taxi driver played by Korean actor Song Kang Ho who takes a German TV journalist from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the pro-democracy uprising in 1980.
This is the fourth time that the movie has won best film. It previously bagged the award at the 54th Daejong Film Awards, 3rd Asian World Film Festival and 26th Buil Film Awards.
Song Kang Ho won Best Actor, defeating Jo In-sung of "The King," Kim Yoon-seok of "The Fortress," Lee Byung-hun of "The Fortress" and Sol Kyung-gu of "The Merciless."
"A Taxi Driver" also won Best Music and Audience Choice Award.
Despite winning Best Film, "A Taxi Driver" lost the best director award to Kim Hyun Suk of "I Can Speak," which also won Best Actress and Popular Star award, courtesy of Na Moon Hee.
The Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to Jin Seon Kyu of "The Outlaws" and Kim So Jin of "The King," respectively. Lee Hyun Joo of "Our Love Story" won Best New Director.
EXO member D.O won Best New Actor for his role in "My Annoying Brother" while Choi Hee Seo took home the Best New Actress trophy for "Anarchist from Colony."
The Best Screenplay went to Hwang Dong Hyuk of "The Fortress" while the Best Cinematography and Lighting were awarded to Jo Hyung Rae and Park Jung Woo of "The Merciless."
Lee Hoo Kyung of "The Battleship Island" won Best Art Direction while Shin Min Kyung of "The King" bagged the Best Editing award.
Kwon Gwi Duk of "The Villainess" received the technical award while Kwan Eun Mi won Best Short Film for "Hand-Written Poster."
Other popular star award winners are Sol Kyung Gu of "The Merciless," Jo In Sung of "The King" and Kim Soo Ahn of "The Battleship Island."