Korean actor Ryu Jun-yeol and Japanese actress Nana Komatsu will both be awarded the Rising Star Asia Award at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, which will run from June 28th to July 14th, 2019.

Ryu Jun-yeol in Lee Hae-young’s “Believer

Ryu, who got his break in the Korean Academy of Film Arts feature graduation project “Socialphobia”, exploded as a film star in 2017, with star-making turns in “The King”, “Heart Blackened” and the year’s biggest hit “A Taxi Driver“. He followed it up in 2018 with equally impressive roles in “Little Forest” and “Believer” and has already featured in “Hit-and-Run Squad” and the financial drama “Money” already this year.

Tokyo-born Nana Komatsu, meanwhile, started her cinematic journey in 2015 with “Close Range Love” and suspense thriller “The World of Kanako“. Her impressive filmography includes “Destruction Babies“, Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”, hit romantic drama “My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday” as well as Takashi Miike’s manga adaptation “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Chapter 1”. She also featured in 2018’s supernatural horror film “It Comes“.

Nana Komatsu in her breakout film “The World of Kanako”

Both Ryu Jun-yeol and Nana Komatsu will receive their awards in New York on June 6th. The New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and the New York Asian Film Foundation.

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