'1987' chosen by film reporters as the best film of 2017
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SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- A film about historic nationwide protests against the military-backed government in June 1987 won the top film award at the 9th annual Korea Film Reporters Association (KOFRA) Film Awards on Tuesday.
"1987: When the Day Comes" also earned Jang Joon-hwan best director honors at the awards ceremony, hosted by the association of film journalists, at the Korea Press Center in central Seoul.
Released on Dec. 27, the historical epic has drawn more than 7 million viewers at local theaters.
The best actor and actress awards went to Seol Kyung-gu of "Memoir of a Murderer" and Na Moon-hee of "I Can Speak."
Jin Seon-kyu scored best supporting actor for his performance in "The Outlaws" while Kim So-jin won best supporting actress for her role in "The King."
Park Seo-jun of "Midnight Runners" and Choi Hee-seo of "Anarchist from Colony" picked up the best rookie actor and actress awards.
"Jane" by Cho Hyunhoon was named the best independent film of the year. Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk" was chosen the best foreign film.
The winners were chosen from among all the domestic and foreign films that opened last year through a vote of 90 members from 59 media companies around the country. Non-Korean films are nominated for the best foreign film category only.
A still from "1987: When the Day Comes" (Yonhap)