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(LEAD) Lee Byung-hun named best actor at Asian Film Awards

All Headlines 14:03 March 18, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with other S. Korean award winner, movie's Hong Kong release date at bottom; CHANGES and ADDS photos)

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has won best actor at the Asian Film Awards (AFA) for his lead role in "Inside Men."

Lee, who stars as the vengeful political henchman Ahn Sang-gu in the South Korean political thriller, was honored at the 10th AFA held in Macau on Thursday.

The movie directed by Woo Min-ho portrays the complicated relationships between politicians, the press, the wealthy, law enforcement authorities and organized crime in South Korea.

Since its release in November, it has gathered more than 7 million viewers, becoming the second most-watched R-rated movie of all time in the country.

The movie will open in Hong Kong on April 21, according to its local distributor.

Meanwhile, South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in received the Next Generation Award at the same ceremony for his outstanding performances in the movies "Veteran" and "The Throne."

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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