The Korean Cinema Award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema. This year, the award will be given to the late actress Yun Jung-hee, who created three-dimensional characters in each project with her authentic performance, and contributed to heightening the value of Korean films. Yun Jung-hee is an actress who represents Korean cinema. She debuted in the 1960’s and was the first actress troika, along with Moon Hee and Nam Jeong-im. Yun made her debut with Sorrowful Youth (1966), directed by Kang Dae-jin, and reached the pinnacle of her career by working with iconic Korean directors of the time such as Yu Hyun-mok, Kim Soo-yong, Shin Sangok, and more.
The late actress Yun Jung-hee debuted with Sorrowful Youth (1966), directed by Kang Dae-jin, and led the golden era of Korean cinema in the 1960’s. Working as an actress for 50 years, Yun starred in approximately 300 titles including Mist (1967), The General's Mustache (1968), Night Journey (1977), Manmubang (1994), and Poetry (2010). Yun also won 29 Best Actress Awards at film festivals in Korea and around the world. Yun was the first Korean actress to serve as a jury member at the 1995 Montreal World Film Festival. In 2010, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cairo International Film Festival and became the first Korean actress to become the runner-up for Best Actress at the 2011 National Society of Film Critics Awards. She also received the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres, the order of honor, from the French Ministry.