(LEAD) Song Kang-ho Named Best Actor at Cannes for ‘Broker’

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CANNES, France, May 28 (Yonhap) — Actor Song Kang-ho was named Best Actor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the drama “Broker”, becoming the first South Korean male actor to winning an acting award at the prestigious festival.

During the closing ceremony of the 75th edition of the festival held at the Palais Lumière in Cannes, Song won the best actor award for his role as baby broker in the film written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore- eda.

“I’m so grateful and honored. I would like to thank director Kore-eda, who is a great artist,” Song said in a acceptance speech. “I also want to share this gratitude and honor with our cast members Kang Dong-won, Lee Ji-eun, Bae Doo-na, and Lee Joo-young.”

This is the first title he has won at Cannes, although he has starred in several Cannes award-winning titles, including Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (2019) and Park Chan-wook’s “Thirst” (2009 ).

He also became the first South Korean male actor to win an acting award at Cannes. Jeon Do-yeon received the Best Actress award for her role in the 2007 drama “Secret Sunshine,” which Song also starred in.

“Broker,” Kore-eda’s first Korean-language project, depicts the relationships between characters formed through a baby box, where people anonymously drop off newborns they cannot raise.

Song plays Sang-hyun, who steals an unattended baby left by her parents in a baby box and sells it to parents in need of babies.

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