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The first Korean film to receive recognition in a foreign film festival is a 1956 film by director Lee Byeong-il (1910-1979), < The Wedding Day (Sijibganeun nal) >. The film was based on the play < A Happy Day of Jinsa Maeng ( Maengjinsadaek Gyeongsa )> by Oh Yeong-jin and starred Jo Mi-ryeong (cast in the part of maid Ib-bun) who was an idol star for her innocent image and Kim Seung-ho (cast in the part of Jinsa Maeng), a top actor with a stabilized and familiar image.
Jinsa Maeng cannot bear to send his daughter to marry Mi-eon, who has a crippled leg, and sends his maid Ib-bun to him instead. But when the fact that Mi-eon is a good looking young man who is far from being crippled is revealed, Jinsa Maeng regrets too late after Mi-eon marries Ib-bun. The story centers on Jinsa Maeng who is greedy but always makes mistakes and ends up wringing his own neck, which brings about comedy and satire. Korea first participated in the Asian Film Festival in 1956 as an observer country and in the following year, became a registered country for the first time in 1957. This is where < The Wedding Day (Sijibganeun nal) >, which was a very popular film in Korea, too, received a special award for comedy. With this award, < The Wedding Day (Sijibganeun nal) > became the first Korean film to be recognized in a foreign film festival and entered the 8th Berlin Film Festival and the Sidney Film Festival.
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