Shim Eun Kyung has taken home her second Best Actress trophy from Japan’s another representative film festival through the Japanese film Blue Hour.
On March 22 (in Japanese local time), the actor shared the Best Actress award with Kaho, who co-starred in Blue Hour with Shim, at the 34th Takasaki Film Festival. Through The Journalist, another Japanese movie, Shim Eun Kyung recently won the Best Actress award at the 43rd Japan Academy Film Prize. However, her win of Takasaki Film Festival is all the more meaningful because this event is regarded to focus on the cinematic quality of the works in selecting the award-winning films.
“I was very attached to Kiyoura (Shim’s role in Blue Hour) since I built up this character with my director (Hakota Yuko) and my own ideas. Sincerely thank director Hakota, and I’m most pleased to be here with Kaho,” Shim Eun Kyung said in her acceptance speech at Takasaki Film Festival. The panel of judges praised the two lead actors, saying “their roles were important to keep its storytelling interesting, while they showed clear acting and expression skills.”
Blue Hour is a healing movie about the 30-year-old woman Sunada (Kaho), exhausted from her daily life, who leaves with her friend Kiyoura for her hometown where she didn’t want to go back to visit her grandmother on a sickbed. It’s set to be released in Korea in the first half of this year.