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Son Ye-jin has been named ‘Actor of the Year’ at the 28th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.

Renowned actress Son Ye-jin has been named ‘Actor of the Year’ at the 28th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), set to take place from July 4 to July 14 in Bucheon City. The announcement was made by BIFAN’s executive chairman, Shin Chul, adding a significant highlight to this year’s festival.

In conjunction with this honor, BIFAN will feature a special exhibit titled “Exceptional Son Ye-jin,” which celebrates Son’s illustrious 23-year acting career. This exhibit will include a variety of events designed to showcase her remarkable contributions to the film industry.

Among these are the publication of a commemorative book, a ‘Mega Talk’ session where fans and critics can engage with Son’s work, and a photo exhibition capturing memorable moments from her career. Son Ye-jin is also scheduled to grace the red carpet at the festival’s opening ceremony, adding a touch of glamour to the event.

The ‘Actor Special Exhibit’ at BIFAN, established in 2017, aims to honor contemporary actors who have made significant impacts on Korean cinema. Previous honorees include distinguished actors such as Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Hye-soo, Sul Kyung-gu, and Choi Min-sik. This tradition continues with Son Ye-jin, whose extensive body of work and numerous accolades reflect her standing as one of Korea’s leading actresses.

Son Ye-jin’s filmography is impressive, with notable performances in films such as “Lover’s Concerto,” “The Classic,” “A Moment to Remember,” “The Art of Seduction,” “My Wife Got Married,” “Spellbound,” “The Pirates,” “The Truth Beneath,” and “The Last Princess.” Her talent has been recognized with over 50 awards, including the Prime Minister’s Commendation at the 9th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards, three Grand Bell Awards, six Baeksang Arts Awards, five Blue Dragon Film Awards, and two Korean Film Critics Association Awards. Internationally, she has earned accolades such as Best Actress at the 51st Asia Pacific Film Festival for “April Snow” and at the 15th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival for “A Moment to Remember.”

BIFAN programmer Mo Eun-young lauded Son Ye-jin’s versatility and ability to transcend genre and form, describing her as “a representative actress of the 21st century with a unique charm through films and dramas.” Mo expressed confidence that the special exhibition would provide an insightful exploration into Son’s profound acting world, showcasing her depth and adaptability.

In response to the honor, Son Ye-jin expressed her profound gratitude. She remarked on how deeply honored she felt to be selected for this year’s special exhibition, following in the footsteps of respected seniors. She also extended her thanks to the festival for providing such a prestigious moment in her career.

The 28th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival promises to be a memorable event, celebrating not only the art of cinema but also the remarkable talents of Son Ye-jin, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on Korean and international film.

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