Actor Bae Yong-joon wins top prize at Japan hallyu awards

Bae Yong-joon
Bae Yong-joon
Written by Peter Kim
Bae Yong-joon

Bae Yong-joon

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon, the star of the hugely popular TV drama “Winter Sonata,” has earned the grand prize at a Korean Wave (hallyu) awards ceremony hosted by the Japanese media industry.

Bae’s management agency said Monday that he was also named Best Actor in the Korean drama category of the Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Awards in Japan Saturday, KEYEAST said.

“This event is all the more meaningful as I’m able to be with my junior entertainers whom I like the most,” the actor said in a ceremony aired live on Japan’s TBS and DATV channels. “I think these talented entertainers will make the future of hallyu brighter,” he said.

The Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Committee organized the one-time event to honor Korean artists who have helped to develop and spread hallyu in Asia over the past decade. The committee is comprise of Japanese TV stations and drama production and entertainment agencies.

Yoon Eun-hye was named Best Actress. She has starred in popular TV dramas including “Coffee Prince” and “I Miss You.”

The organizers also announced the winners of top prizes in the Korean music category based on a survey of 120,000 K-pop fans in Japan.

TVXQ received the best male K-pop group award and KARA won in the female category, while Kim Hyun-joong and IU won the best male and female solo artist awards, respectively.

“I will strive to become a better artist in singing, dancing and acting so I can contribute more to hallyu’s development,” Kim said as he performed his latest hits, “Your Story” and “Unbreakable.”

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