For the first time in South Korea, the nation’s renowned actor, Ahn Sung-Ki (Silmido, Unbowed), and filmmaker, Im Kwon-Taek (Seopyeonje, Chihwaseon), have been dedicated theatres named after them.

The CGV cinema chain dedicated two theatres in Apgujeong in Seoul and Seomyeon in Busan for Ahn and Im respectively. The move was explained as a token of respect and appreciated for their life-long service to the country’s film scene.

Ahn Sung-Ki, who debuted as a child actor in 1957, has about 100 films on his filmography. The long time ambassador for UNICEF was one of the first Korean actors to leave their hand and foot prints on the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Los Angeles.

“It’s a great honor for me to put my name on the theater together with Im,” Ahn said.

Cannes and Berlin award winning director Im was his usual modest self in accepting the plaque at the dedication event. “I really appreciate CGV. I hope, in addition to this honor given to Ahn and me, good things will continue to happen to all those engaged in the film industry so they can find value in their work,” Im said.

Not only will the theatres be adorned in memorabilia for their careers, part of the revenue from these theatres will go towards funding indie films.

Special screenings of some of their best films are scheduled to be held at the two venues from March 23 to April 6.

Sources: Yonhap News, The Korea Times and The Chosun Ilbo