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The Host Becomes Toast of Asian Film Awards

The South Korean sci-fi film, THE HOST, racked up four out of 10 prizes Monday night (March 20, 2007) at the first annual Asian Film Awards, including best film and best visual effects, presented to The Orphanage of San Francisco. The gala event was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, kicking off the Entertainment Expo, which runs through April 15.

This marks The Orphanage's fourth vfx award for THE HOST. The others include:

* 27th Annual Blue Dragon Awards (Korea)* Chunsa Film Festival (Korea)* MBC Movie Awards (Korea)

For best visual effects, THE HOST beat CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (with vfx from London's MPC), South Korea's THE RESTLESS, THE SINKING OF JAPAN and MEMORIES OF MATSUKO, both from Japan.

Other HOST wins were for best actor (Song Kang-ho), best director (Hirokazu Kore-eda) and best cinematographer (Kim Hyung-goo).