Korean indie film “Passerby #3,” which is dubbed as a “fantasy musical film” won top honors at Tokyo’s International Film Festival. It nabbed Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film at the awards which ended Sunday.

Directed by Shin Su-won, the movie is about a mother’s quest to become a film director. Chosun Ilbo reports,

Other Korean films to have won the honor include “Timeless Bottomless Bad Movie” (1997) by Jang Sun-woo, “Memories of Murder” (2003) by Bong Joon-ho and “A Brand New Life” (2009) by Ounie Lecomte.

“Passerby #3” was made with a budget of just W47 million (US$1=W1,114), much of it raised by director Shin who also served as investor, script writer and producer. The film also won the JJ-Star Award at the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival this spring. It will be released in Korea on Nov. 18.

(chosun ilbo)