“Escape From Mogadishu,” an action film by director Ryoo Seung-wan, won six awards, including Best Picture at the 42nd Blue Dragon Film Awards, one of Korea’s top film accolades.
The award ceremony, hosted by actors Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Yeon-seok, was held Friday night at KBS Hall in western Seoul.
“Escape From Mogadishu” is based on the true story of stranded North and South Korean embassy workers who came together to escape the Somali civil war in Mogadishu in 1991.
The film also won Best Director for Ryu, Best Supporting Actor for Huh Joon-ho, Best Production Design for Kim Bo-Mook, Popular Star for actor Koo Kyo-hwan and the most popular award.
The film drew 3.6 million viewers, according to its distributor Lotte Entertainment, despite the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the film industry.
The film chronicles how the embassies of the two Koreas, which had been vying for Somali government approval for admission to the United Nations since the late 1980s, banded together to flee the country amid chaos as the civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991.
The black-and-white historical film “The Book of Fish” won five awards, including Best Actor for Seol Kyung-gu and Best Screenplay for Kim Se-gyeom.
Moon So-ri and Kim Sun-young from the drama film “Three Sisters” won Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
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