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PIFF 4-12 October 2007

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September 5, 2007 PIFF's Promising Line-up Sets Records

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The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will continue its progress with 275 films and a record number of 193 premieres and the inauguration of new programs. PIFF’s flagship New Currents competition boasts a complete selection of eleven world and international premieres. The 12th edition of Asia’s major international film festival will run from October 4 until the 12th.

New Currents showcases low-budget independent films of emerging talented filmmakers. The Korean innovative competitors in New Currents are YOON Seong-ho's Milky Way Liberation Front and My Song Is... by AHN Seul-ki. The Chinese-Korean co-production Life Track (director Guang Hao Jin) is another contender.

PIFF complemented its program with the new sections Gala Presentation and Flash Forward. Gala Presentation focuses on films of "master cineastes" or world/international premieres. It will be an extensive program with several related events, including press conferences. The presence of visual audacious director LEE Myung-se with M and master filmmaker IM Kwon-taek's Beyond the Years - along with 881 by Royston Tan and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon - promises a strong inauguration.

Flash Forward shares the same spirit with New Currents. The new section could be a look into the future of cinema by highlighting unique films of young upcoming filmmakers like Korean-American Michael KANG’s West 32nd. PIFF classifies all the films in Flash Forward as controversial which will question ideas about cinema.

Korean Cinema Retrospective consists of the two sections. One is titled KIM Seung-ho: Face of a Father, Portrait of Korean Cinema. KIM was an influential and famous actor in the 50s. The Creating New Culture: Special Presentation of Korean National Asset Films will screen the seven films that were announced ‘National Assets’ by the Cultural Heritage Administration.

More influential Korean directors including LEE Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine) and KIM Ki-duk (Breath) are part of the festival in the Korean Cinema Today section. PIFF also includes the world or international premieres of Miike Takashi’s Crows: Episode 0, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon, Feng Xiaogang’s Assembly (opening film), and the closing film the Japanese animation Evangelion 1.0: You are (Not) Alone. Assembly is a Chinese-Korean co-production with the Korean MK Pictures involved, and the special effects team of Tae-guk-gi was aboard to design the war scenes.

Korean stars AHN Sung-ki, KANG Soo-yeon and PARK Joong-hoon will host the launch of the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN). This network aims to bring Asian actors closer.

This year's PIFF will include special programs featuring filmmaker Edward Yang, Malaysian cinema and director Dariush Mehrjui. In addition, the festival in cooperation with the Korean Film Archive will inaugurate the Busan Asian Film Archive. The archive is meant to become an extensive collection of outstanding films, and it commences this year with 80 films.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

September 27, 2007 Explore Cinematic Busan

By Lee Hyo-won

Staff Reporter

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Sailing toward the sun: A view of the sea from Taejongdae observatory.

/ Korea Times photo by Lee Hyo-won

Be prepared for fun films and a breath of fresh sea air as the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's largest film festival and Korea's most feted cinematic event, unfolds in the southern port city, Oct. 4-12.

The Cannes of Korea will showcase 275 films from 64 countries, 193 of which are world, international or Asia premieres. Don't miss this chance to enjoy stellar films while also exploring Korea's second largest city.

PIFF will stage the world premiere of Feng Xiaogang's war epic "Assembly," mainland China's first blockbuster created by the special effects team of "Taegeukgi." The film traces the tragic tale of a soldier who devotes his life to redeeming the honor of his fellow soldiers who are declared missing in action.

Closing film "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone" (directors Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki) is the first episode in the trilogy of theatrical adaptation of internationally popular Japanese comic series "Neon Genesis Evangelion." The animation also makes its international debut in Busan.

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"Assembly" and "Evangelion" were sold out in a matter of minutes -- 17 minutes and 26 minutes, respectively -- when online sales opened last week. But moviegoers are not to be disappointed, as 300 tickets for each film are reserved for on-site sale.

Catch a glimpse of firsts at PIFF: Of the 11 works in the New Currents section, eight make their world premieres and three make overseas debuts after debuting in their homelands. Taste the best of both classic and contemporary Korean films in Korean Cinema Retrospective and Korea Cinema Today, respectively.

There are three special programs at PIFF this year. Three Colors of New Malaysian Cinema spotlights the emergence of a new film generation in the ethnically diverse (Malaysian, Chinese and Indian) country.

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In Memories of Taipei, PIFF will honor Edward Yang, one of Asia's most prominent filmmakers and pioneer of the Taiwanese New Wave, who passed away at the age of 60 last June.

Remapping of Asian Auteur Cinema, taking place for the third time this year, continues to discover, introduce and support Asian directors who are little known overseas despite their prominence back home. This year's series celebrates the accomplishments of Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. The auteur will also head the New Currents Jury, whose members also include this year's Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu.

Ticketing for general screenings is now available on the festival's official Web site www.piff.org. Portal site Naver also has a special PIFF page http://piff.naver.com. Advance ticketing is also available at all Busan Bank branches and GS25 convenient stores nationwide.

More discounted tickets and packages are available this year. Matinee screenings (Oct. 8-11) are offered at 3,000 won. Tickets for the Midnight Passion section (12 films from 11 countries to be screened at night) can be purchased in packages of three for 10,000 won per night. In addition, a special discount rate of 20 percent will be applied to group sales (20-50) for the films screened in Outdoor Theater, Daeyoung Cinema 1 and 3, and Busan Theater 1, Oct. 8-11. PIFF will leave 30 percent of the tickets at the on-site box offices so that those who missed on-line ticketing will have an opportunity to obtain tickets.

Famous faces and rising stars will shine upon Busan. Volker Schlondorff, whose film "The Tin Tin Drum" won the 1979 Palme d'Or at Cannes, will leave his handprints at PIFF this year. PIFF has also chosen the late actor Kim Seung-ho, the star of this year's Korean Cinema Retrospective section, as another one of this year's honorees of the Hand Printing Ceremony. Actor Kim Hee-ra will make a mark on behalf of his father.

PIFF has asked Berlin International Film Festival to reproduce and re-award the missing trophy of Kang Dae-jin's 1961 Silver Berlin Bear for "A Coachman" (Mabu). Christoph Terhechte, Director of International Forum of New Cinema, Berlinale will visit PIFF to hand-deliver the Silver Berlin Bear to a family member of Kang or anther appropriate recipient. Re-awarding the Silver Berlin Bear is not merely the replacement of a lost item -- this gesture newly highlights a film that has had immense significance in the history of Korean cinema, according to PIFF.

"Secret Sunshine's" queen of Cannes Jeon Do-yeon and director Lee Chang-dong will come to PIFF. The cast and crew of "Hwang Jin Yi" (director Chang Youn-hyun and actors Song Hye-kyo and You Ji-tae) and "Beyond the Years" (veteran filmmaker Im Kwon-taek and male lead Cho Jae-hyun) will also visit, as well as hallyu star Ji Jin-hee.

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Asian superstars Michelle Yeoh and Erika Sawajiri will come to Korea. Internationally acclaimed directors Rosyton Tan, Wang Quanan Lee Kang Sheng and Hou Hsiao Hsien will make appearances.

From the far side of the globe, directors Michael Kang ("West 32nd") and Serge Bozon ("France"), Pascal Thomas ("Toward Zero") as well as actress Natacha Regnier, winner of Cannes' Best Actress Award in 1998, and popular French actor Melvil Poupaud will attend the festival.

In addition, directors and programmers of international film festivals will visit PIFF: delegate general of Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of Cannes Directors' Fortnight Olivier Pere, and festival director of Sundance International Film Festival Geoffrey Gilmore, among others.

Visit www.piff.org for a full list of screenings and more information about the festival. Get the scoop on what to do around town at http://english.busan.go.kr, where you can find great maps, and http://english.visit.busan.kr, where you can explore different touring options.

Source: The Korea Times (please refer links for more info)

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2.../203_10868.html

September 28, 2007 Human Emotions at This Year's PIFF

A film festival is like a person: capable of making people laugh, it can also be neglected, rising and falling with the joys and sorrows of life. Nurtured with love from an early age, it prospers. So it is with the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), which marks its 12th birthday in the southern port city also spelled Busan this year. The 12th PIFF, now the leading Asian film festival, is held at Haeundae Beach and Nampo-dong in Busan from Oct. 4 to 12. The 275 films from 64 countries to be shown focus on several multiple aspects of our lives, from personal growth to alienation and family love.

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Growth - “Somewhere Over Here” (Korea) directed by Lee Seung-young, 2007

The director's first feature film draws on his own experiences. In it, the heroine dreams of becoming a musician as she wanders around Hongik University. The vicissitudes of her life are depicted frankly in the movie. Lee also won acclaim for his previous film “I'm Not That Kind of Person.”

Pain - “Ezra” (Nigeria) directed by Newton Aduaka, 2007

The Nigerian film industry is in the spotlight following Hollywood and India’s Bollywood. This, the latest film by leading director Newton Aduaka, tells the story of a young man named Ezra who becomes involved in the civil war in Sierra Leone against his will.

Alienation - 'Desert Dream' (Korea) directed by Lu Zhang, 2006

This is a film about a man guarding a plain in Mongolia and a widow who escaped from North Korea. Hopelessness weighs heavily on the heroes in the dry plain. This film was shown in competition at the Berlin Film Festival this year.

Agony - “Foster Child” (Philippines) directed by Brillante Mendoza, 2007

The hero and his family live in a slum, where they take care of discarded children until they are adopted. The movie depicts one day in the hero's family to show the gulf between rich and poor and the social problems there. The film makes the gloomy atmosphere of a narrow slum street palpable with handheld camera and long takes.

Joy and sorrow - “A Sectional Chief Of The Third Class” (Korea) directed by Lee Bong-rae, 1961

The late actor Kim Seung-ho plays a typical head of a family from the 1960s who worries after his boss' embarrassing request to open a dancing school for the boss' mistress. In the end he fulfills the boss' request and gets promoted. A realistic depiction of the Korean petit bourgeoisie of the era.

Love - “Closed Note” (Japan) directed by Isao Yukisada, 2007

The heroine finds a diary in a house she moves to. Fascinated by the stories in the diary, she decides to confess her love to the man she has loved for a long time. Japanese teen idols Erika Sawajiri and Yusuke Iseya star. Director Isao Yukisada also made “Crying Out Love in The Center of The World.”

Family love - “The Friends” (Korea) directed by Lee Young-jae, 2007

Three children observe an old man who is told he will die soon, and a friendship springs up between them. The children introduce the man to an elderly woman and share their feelings. The director won recognition with “The Harmonium In My Memory” in 1999.

Source: englishnews@chosun.com

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0709280016.html

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EVENT PHOTOS FROM 12th PIFF compiled by yum yum dimsum

Airport Arrivals

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Pusan Int'l Film Festival Opening Ceremony

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Star Road-Red Carpet

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APAN Celebration Dinner

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Premiere Rising Star Awards

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August 31, 2007 'Assembly' to Open Pusan Film Fest

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The 12th Pusan International Film Festival scheduled from Oct. 4 to 12 has selected its opening and closing films. PIFF will open with the world premiere of Chinese director Feng Xuaogang’s new movie “Assembly.” Co-produced by China’s Huay Brothers and Korea’s MK Pictures, “Assembly” is a drama about a man who devotes his life to restoring the honor of a comrade who disappeared during the war. Feng is one of China’s most successful directors and gained worldwide recognition with “The Banquet” and “A Sigh.”

The international premiere of the Japanese animation “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone" by Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki will close the festival in the southern port city also spelled Busan. The animation is a new theatre adaptation of TV animation “"Neon Genesis Evangelion", which has been enjoying stable popularity with fans in Japan and Asia-wide since 1995. “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone" is the first of three films Anno has planned and is released in Japan on Sept. 1.

Source: englishnews@chosun.com

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0708310013.html

September 5, 2007 2007 PIFF to Feature Edward Yang Restropective

By Lee Hwan-hee

Staff Reporter

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Taiwanese film director Edward Yang,

who passed away past June at age 59,

will be honored with a complete retrospective

of his work at 2007 Pusan International Film Festival.

A retrospective honoring the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang will be held at next month's 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. The complete lineup was also announced Tuesday.

While the deaths of film directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman were covered widely, another master who passed away this year, with less recognition, was Taiwanese director Edward Yang, who died last June at age 59.

Along with fellow directors Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, Yang helped to turn Taiwanese film into the most critically acclaimed national cinema at the moment, which some consider to be on par with the French New Wave or the classical Japanese cinema of Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa. This retrospective will be the first time where all of his 8 films are shown.

"A Brighter Summer Day," widely thought to be his masterpiece, comparable to Hou's greatest, "City of Sadness," has rarely been shown due to various copyright issues and it is not to be missed. Yang's best-known film is "Yi Yi," about lives in contemporary Taiwan. It won him the best director award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Hou Hsiao-hsien is also represented at this year's festival, with "Flight of the Red Balloon," which marks the Taiwanese director's first film made in the West, as it was shot in France and stars French actress Juliette Binoche.

Entries from other notable directors include Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang's "Ploy," which is the director's first film since 2006's "Invisible Waves," for which Korean actress Kang Hye-jeong played a part, and Shinji Aoyama's "Sad Vacation," with Tadanobu Asano, who starred in "Waves."

A conspicuous trend in this year's lineup is the presence of omnibus films. "The State of the World," boasts short films by Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, among others, and "To Each His Cinema," is directed by 35 luminaries, including Manoel de Oliveira, Theo Angelopoulos, the Dardenne brothers, Takeshi Kitano, Wim Wenders and Abbas Kiarostami.

Kiarostami is included in another anthology film called "Persian Carpet," from Iran and another notable Iranian film to be shown is "Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame," by Hana Makhmalbaf, who is the youngest daughter of the distinguished director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Her sister, Samira, is also a well-known director.

Korean cinema is well represented in the festival, if predictably so. Veteran Im Kwon-taek's "Beyond the Years," the sequel to his ``Sopyonje," will be shown, as will Kim Ki-duk's "Breath." Im Sang-soo's "The Old Garden," based on the novel of the same name by Hwang Seok-yong, will be shown, as well as Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine," which won its lead actress, Jeon Do-yeon, the best actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

But the above works have already been shown in theaters in Korea, and at other film festivals around the world, and, fortunately, it won't be the case with Lee Myung-se's "M," which will have its Korean premiere after the screening at the festival.

Korean director with probably the highest international repute, Hong Sang-soo, also has a new film, called "Night and Day," but it will be screened only for Asian Film Market, a separate event within the festival reserved for international film distributors.

The festival will open with Feng Xiaogang's commercially-oriented war film "Assembly," perhaps in response to the last year's selection, Hou Hsiao-hsien's austere film "Three Times."

2007 Pusan International Film Festival will last from Oct. 4 through 12. It will feature 275 films from 64 countries. For ticketing and other information visit www.piff.org.

Credits: hl@koreatimes.co.kr

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2...9/141_9601.html

September 19, 2007 Pusan pulls back curtain on Star Summit guestlist

Written by Darcy Paquet

SEOUL -- The Pusan International Film Festival has named the list of actors who will participate in its second annual Star Summit Asia.

The Curtain Call program intended for more established thesps will include Korean-American John Cho ("Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"), Japan's Tatsuya Fujiwara ("Death Note"), Korean Lim Soo-jung ("I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK"), Thailand's Ananda Everingham ("Ploy"), China's Yu Nan (Berlinale winner "Tuya's Marriage" as well as "Speed Racer"), and Korean Zo In-sung ("A Dirty Carnival")

Stars and their management firms will be showcased at the festival and given opportunities to network, in the hopes of encouraging cross-border casting. Recent films by the selected actors will also be screened to attendees of the Asian Film Market.

Events will dovetail with the newly-launched Co-Production PRO, a new program to support international co-productions. Meanwhile, the Casting Board program for up-and-coming stars will include Sei Ashina (Japan, "Silk"), Baek Sung-hyun (Korea, "Romancing Flower"), Kim Ki-bum (Korea, "Attack on the Pin-Up Boys"), Kim Jae-seung (Korea, TV drama "Billie Jean Look at Me"), Haruma Miura (Japan, "Koizora"), Sa Hee (Korea, "Radio Days"), Tong Da-wei (China, "Red Cliff"), and Yang Jin-woo (Korea, "Seven Days").

Source: Variety Asia

http://www.varietyasiaonline.com/content/view/2128/53/

September 28, 2007 Japanese Heartthrobs to Attend PIFF

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A large number of Japanese heartthrob movie stars is expected to attend the 12th Pusan International Film Festival opening next month in the southern Korean port city.

Topping the list is the ever popular Takuya Kimura who will arrive in Korea Oct. 4. He has been invited to the festival's Open Cinema section featuring his film 'Hero.'

The film is about a motivated prosecutor fighting against a conglomerate conspiracy, and has topped the Japanese box office for the third week. Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun also appears in the movie.

The 5000 tickets for 'Hero' sold out in one day after PIFF began advance ticketing.

Also visiting from Japan is Tatsuya Fujiwara, famous for the 'Death Note' series.

Others include Erika Sawajiri, Miura Haruma and Sei Asina.

Source: KBS Global

http://english.kbs.co.kr/scontents/society...0730_11684.html

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September 28, 2007

Famous beach destination surrenders itself to celluloid

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From top to bottom: “Secret Sunshine” (Milyang) from PIFF’s Korean Panorama section; “A Coachman” from the Kim Seung-ho retrospective; “Assembly,” the opening film; “Buddha Collapsed out of Shame” from the WIndow on Asian Cinema; “M” from the Gala Presentation; “Evangelion 1.0 : You Are (Not) Alone,” the closing film; “Dol” from the World Cinema

There was a time when Kim Dong-ho had to fight those who ridiculed the idea of an international film festival in the port city of Busan.

When he recalls those days from 1995, when he was launching the film festival, Kim, the festival’s director, is relishing the fact that the Pusan International Film Festival (or PIFF) is about to enjoy its 12th opening night next Thursday and has become one of the most important film festivals in Asia.

What makes him even more proud is that the festival is ready to offer its audience 275 films from 66 countries. This year’s theme, “Beyond the Frame,” was chosen to suggest that PIFF is ready jump to a higher level.

Kim is also delighted that 66 films in the PIFF 2007 lineup are having their world premiere in Busan and 35 are being shown for the first time outside of their home country, reflecting the festival’s growing status. The number of premieres is the highest in the history of PIFF ― in its opening year the festival had just 10 or so premieres ― and its scale continues to grow. About 7.8 billion won ($8.9 million) was invested in the festival this year, and eight films funded by the festival’s development plan will be screened during this year’s event.

A large clutch of celebrities will also grace the red carpet during the festival including actress Michelle Yeoh, Claude Lelouch, the French director famous for his film “A Man and a Woman” and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an Iranian director who will hold a master class.

One of the secrets behind the festival’s success is that its focus is not just auteur and independent films but commercial films as well.

Kim said that PIFF’s appeal to a wider audience can be seen in its history of selecting popular films for the opening and closing ceremonies.

This year is no exception. The opening film, “Assembly,” is directed by Feng Xiaogang, who is often called the Steven Spielberg of China. The closing film, meanwhile, is “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone,” a theater version of a legendary Japanese anime.

Tickets for the opening and closing films sold out in less than an hour when sales opened last week.

However, hundreds of other films will be offered. The festival’s competition section for feature films, “New Currents,” deserves attention, as its 11 films from seven Asian countries show that a low budget is not an obstacle for talented independent filmmakers determined to make the most of celluloid aesthetics.

Lee Sang-yong, the section’s co-programmer, noted that many directors have been exploring the collapse of family and its meaning in films like “Park and Love Hotel,” by Izuru Kumasaka from Japan, “Flower in the Pocket,” by Seng Tat Liew from Malaysia and “The Red Awn,” by China’s Shangjun Cai.

The section called “A Window on Asian Cinema” will offer 38 films from 11 Asian countries and its programmer, Kim Ji-seok, has noted the recent developments in Southeast Asian cinema, especially the boom in the Philippine film scene. Kim recommends “Slingshot” by Brillante Mendoza, an insightful look into the lower echelons of Filipino society and “Philippine Science” by Auraeus Solito, about eight elite high school students caught up in the 1986 People Power Revolution.

In the same section, Hana Makhmalbaf, the daughter of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaking family, presents “Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame,” about the children of Bamiyan, Afghanistan and their suffering after the town’s giant Buddhas were destroyed by the Taliban.

The festival has two sections dedicated to Korean film ― “Korean Cinema Today” and “Korean Cinema Retrospective.”

The Today section is divided into “Panorama” and “Vision” sections.

Panorama deals with relatively recent films, including “Secret Sunshine” by Lee Chang-dong and “Beyond the Years” by Im Kwon-taek.

Lee Sang-yong, the section’s programmer, noted a recent decline in Korean cinema but said in a press conference that he sees its future in the talent of young Korean directors.

The Vision section is the place to test the future of Korean cinema, as it features seven low-budget independent films, including “With a Girl of Black Soil” by Jeon Soo-il, which was also invited to this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

In the Retrospective section, the festival pays homage to the actor Kim Seung-ho, who reigned over Korean cinema during the 1950s and the 1960s. There will be eight films starring Kim as a father figure from an era of Korean society that has now disappeared. The section also celebrates the designation of seven historic Korean films as cultural assets, the first time the Cultural Heritage Administration has given this recognition to movies.

This year the festival will have a Gala Presentation that features the latest or much-talked-about films from master filmmakers.

Award-winning director Hou Hsiao Hsien from Taiwan will present “Flight of the Red Balloon” starring seasoned French actress Juliette Binoche. This section also features the Korean director Lee Myung-se and his latest film “M,” a thriller with a notable play on light and darkness in the mise-en-scene.

Another new addition this year is “Flash Forward,” offering films from young directors that explore social controversies.

“Munyurangabo,” the feature debut by Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung, examines the Rwandan genocide through the journey of a young boy who is searching for his father’s killer.

Jan Bonny portrays the grim reality of a middle-aged couple and the domestic abuse they inflict on each other in his latest black comedy, “Counterparts.” “France” by Serge Bozon is a war movie shot in the style of a musical.

Notable screenings from this year’s selection of non-Asian films include “Nightwatching,” a biographical portrait of the famed Dutch painter Rembrandt and the golden age of Amsterdam by Peter Greenaway, the British director known for visually-arresting films such as “The Pillow Book” and “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.”

“It’s a Free World” is the latest film by Ken Loach, noted for his social realism. It’s about two flatmates who are laid off and start a business using cheap labor provided by migrant workers.

In “To Each His Own Cinema,” produced to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, director Bernard Emond compiled 33 three-minute shorts from leading directors about their personal experiences in darkened cinemas. Topics include a first kiss and a happy ending.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is a tribute to Malaysian film, an industry that has recently witnessed the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers, owing to the country’s advances in digital technology and various social issues driven by the country’s multi ethnicity.

“There has been a significant rise of independent Southeast Asian films particularly from Malaysia and the Philippines,” says Kim Ji-seok, the festival’s programmer. “That, along with the steady growth of the film market in Japan, China and India, have been the main changes to the Asian film scene over the last year.”

As a special treat, PIFF will offer retrospectives of works by two master filmmakers, Dariush Mehrjui, a leading figure in contemporary Iranian cinema, and Edward Yang, who is dubbed the pioneer of new wave Taiwanese cinema, who died in June. Mehrjui also heads the jury for the New Currents section.

Other jury members include Lee Chang-dong, whose “Secret Sunshine” earned Jeon Do-yeon the award for best actress at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

An innovative lineup of experimental shorts and documentaries will be shown in the festival’s “Wide Angle” section, including three documentaries about autism, one of which, “Her Name is Sabine,” traces the personal story of former actor Sandrine Bonnaire and her sister, who suffers from the illness.

Fifteen Iranian directors, including Abbas Kiarostami, also teamed up to create “Persian Carpet,” an omnibus work of short documentaries celebrating Iranian craftsmanship.

For more relaxing entertainment, the festival also offers some famous blockbusters in the Open Cinema section of outdoor screenings, including Masayuki Suzuki’s “Hero,” a box-office hit adapted from a TV drama series starring Japanese superstar Takuya Kimura from the boy band SMAP. For more information and tickets, visit www.piff.org.

By Park Soo-mee Staff Writer[myfeast@joongang.co.kr]

By Chun Su jin [sujiney@joongang.co.kr]

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2880857

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October 2, 2007

Asian Actors Form Regional Association

"It's just a small gathering, for Asian actors to become friends. This was an idea we had while drinking at a snack bar during the Pusan Film Festival ten years ago, and it's just coming true now. I know we shouldn't expect too much at first, but I think it's significant that we actors are coming together voluntarily," Ahn Sung-ki said at a cafe in Chungdam-dong, Seoul on Monday.

Younger actors Park Joong-hoon and Kang Soo-yeon nodded their heads at his words. Started by Ahn, Park and Kang, the backbone of Chungmuro or Korea's Hollywood, the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) held its inaugural meeting at the cafe. It's not connected with any nation's actors association, and it's not a closed society with impossible standards. It's a rather humble little group, in fact.

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From right: Ahn Sung-ki, Kang Soo-yeon and Park Joong-hoon laugh with each other

like siblings. They haven't appeared in movie together yet, so the Asia Pacific Actors

Network is their first joint project.

This year, 15 Asian actors including Kuei-Mei Yang from Taiwan ("Vive L'Amour"), Masaya Kato from Japan ("Fighter In The Wind") and Fann Wong from Singapore ("Dance Of The Dragon") will participate in a meeting of promoters at Haeundae Beach on Friday. At night, about 100 Korean actors will join the social affair.

The group has a production project in mind, too. With W200 million (US$1=W913) sponsored by film company M&F and W60 million from the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), APAN will fund a new film project to be made by an Asian director. The chosen project will be unveiled at the event on Friday. Actors might earn fame and large paychecks, but they tend to play a reactive role in filmmaking since most movies are considered directors' projects. So this is a noteworthy development -- the actors are coming together to make their own projects.

"In fact, the three of us have the most free time (to establish the group)," joked Kang, who has attended the PIFF for 12 consecutive years. When it was suggested that the meeting could end up a one-time affair, Park answered with laugh, "Before making a romance movie, the actors usually gather to eat and drink and get to know each other. This is the beginning of the future." The first letter of APAN stands for "alcoholic," she joked. "As the APEC leaders from the various nations promote friendship by wearing the host nation's traditional clothes, we plan to unify all the actors with Korean-style boilermakers," he added.

Source: englishnews@chosun.com

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0710020013.html

Morricone, Greenaway honored at Pusan fest

By Mark Russell

SEOUL -- Composer Ennio Morricone and British director Peter Greenaway will be honored for their movie careers at the 12th Pusan International Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

Morricone, known for his about 400 movie scores -- including those for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Mission" -- will be a special PIFF guest Thursday on opening night.

After the opening film "Assembly," by China's Feng Xiaogang, Morricone will participate in a PIFF tradition -- the hand-printing ceremony -- moved to the opening night this year for the first time.

Greenaway will teach a master class Oct. 9 and join in a hand-printing ceremony of his own later that day. He also will be on hand to answer questions after the Asian premiere of his latest film, "Nightwatching."

Other guests to be honored with handprints this year are Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum"), Claude Lelouch ("A Man and a Woman") and Dariush Mehrjui ("Baanoo").

The festival runs through Oct. 12.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/conten...d529318084060dc

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Related PIFF Updates

Oct 4: BEYOND FRAME

Oct 4: 12th PIFF Kicks off 12-Day Run

Oct 4: Spirits high on the wet carpet at Pusan

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Sep 28: Four stars on the brink of global success

Oct 4: Filmmakers go Green on piracy at Pusan

Oct 5: Movie elite flock to Pusan festival

Sep 28: Pusan fest unites Korean, Chinese film sectors

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12th Pusan Int'l Film Festival to Open Thursday

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 13:38:56

The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) opens Thursday in the southern port city for a 12-day run.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s “Assembly” will open this year’s fest at Busan's Haeundae beach on Thursday evening.

A total of 275 films from 64 countries will be presented at 34 movie theaters in Haeundae and Nampo-dong.

This year’s PIFF consists of 11 sections including the Gala Presentation screening works by internationally renowned directors and the new Flash Forward showcase introducing films by up-and-coming directors.

Several foreign and domestic celebrities are expected to visit, including Korean directors Im Kwon-taek and Lee Chang-dong, and Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio

http://english.kbs.co.kr/news/newsview_sub...;key=2007100219

October 3, 2007

2007 PIFF goes 'Beyond Frame'

The 12th Pusan International Film Festival will kick off tomorrow in the southeastern port city, featuring 274 films from 64 countries with its focus placed on rediscovering and promoting Asian cinema.

"PIFF is widely regarded as Asia's most important film festival, and I personally feel the impact on a daily basis," festival director Kim Dong-ho told The Korea Herald in an interview on Monday.

Kim, who spearheaded PIFF from the beginning, is credited with propelling the fledgling festival into a premier event where innovative Asian films are screened, appraised and marketed to the global film market. Kim puts forwards director Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" as an example of the festival's influence. Featured as the opening film for the PIFF in 1999, the film gained wide recognition among major film critics, distributors and production officials. The exposure at the festival later brought international acclaim to director Lee and his thought-provoking tale.

Kim finds himself constantly flying around the world. This year, he has been invited to 17 film festivals across the globe, and, more importantly, PIFF often represents Asian film festivals in many international film-related meetings, Kim said.

"Through PIFF and related film market events, a number of film industry people around the world come to Busan and sign deals to import as many as 100 high-quality Asian films each year," Kim said.

About 2,000 international guests and visitors, including 500 journalists, are expected to join the 12th PIFF this year. Expectations are high that more deals will be completed than ever.

Last year the festival organizers set up the Asia Film Market, a marketplace for filmmakers and distributors. This time about 800 buyers are expected to attend the market to discover new films for their local markets.

"In the past decade, PIFF started with pre-production support and then moved to nurture Asian filmmakers through academy programs, and the Asia Film Market itself indicates that Busan offers a total film market system, which is a defining characteristic compared with other film festivals in Asia," Kim said.

The theme of the festival this year is "Beyond Frame," symbolizing the importance of breaking down barriers and walls that divide the world's film industry. Reflecting the elevated stature of the festival, the number of world premieres reached 66 and international premieres (formal introductions outside of films' home countries) are numbered at 26.

About 180,000 visitors, including 20,000 from abroad -- chiefly Japan -- are expected to hit Busan during the festival period. Busan city officials estimate that PIFF generates about 60 billion won ($65.6 million) each year.

To increase accessibility, organizers have overhauled the ticketing system, allowing movie fans outside Busan to purchase tickets online via Naver.com or GS25 convenience stores. Moviegoers can select their own seats and pay the fees real time.

The nine-day event opens with Feng Xiaogang's "Assembly" and close with "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone," a Japanimation by Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, and Masayuki.

"Assembly," to be screened as a world premiere at PIFF, is the latest film from Feng who gained nation-wide fame in China after making such films as "The Banquet," "A World Without Thieves," and "A Sigh."

The closing film, "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone" is a big-screen adaptation of the 1995 TV animation series, "Neon Genesis Evangelion" that won die-hard fans and enjoys long-standing popularity.

Gala Presentation, a newly-added section this year, screens new works by master artists and the year's most talked-about films. This year, the section will feature latest works by Lee Myung-se, Royston Tan and Hou Hsiao Hsien. There will be one screening per day during the festival period, making the section "a festival within a festival"

Flash Forward, a new world cinema section, gives exposure to young filmmakers who stand out in the industry. This year, Kriv Stenders's "Boxing Day," Serge Bozon's "France," and Michael Kang's "West 32nd" will be featured along with eight other innovative films by young directors.

The Korean Cinema Retrospective section will be devoted to Kim Seung-ho, a famous actor in the 1950s and 1960s, and seven Korean films which the office of Cultural Heritage Administration designated as "National Assets."

Festival director Kim said several factors combined will come as a great appeal for tourists and festival participants. For a start, the Haeundae beach, the key venue where various festival events are set to take place, is "a stunning beauty," even when compared to venues at other famous international film festivals, Kim said. In addition, numerous young and enthusiastic volunteers help run the festival smoothly. Finally, there is plenty of great food in Busan. "So come and join the PIFF, for there's a beautiful beach, and beautiful films to watch," Kim said.

By Yang Sung-jin (insight@heraldm.com)

Source: The Korea Herald

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The theme of the festival this year is "Beyond Frame," symbolizing the importance of breaking down barriers and walls that divide the world's film industry. Reflecting the elevated stature of the festival, the number of world premieres reached 66 and international premieres (formal introductions outside of films' home countries) are numbered at 26.

for this theme of BEYOND FRAME . there will be a poster for the theme which will comprises of 20 actor/actress including . Hyun Bin ,Uhm Tae Woong, Shin Min Ah, So Ae , Lee Seon Gyun, Kim Rae Won , Kang Seong-yeon etc

신민아, 중성적인 매력 새롭네

탤런트 신민아가 귀엽고 앳된 이미지를 벗고 중성적인 매력을 과시했다.

 

신민아는 4일부터 펼쳐질 부산국제영화제 성공을 기원하기 위해 이선균·김래원·엄태웅·현빈·강성연·수애·안성기·최강희 등 20명과 기념 화보 촬영에 나섰다.

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올백으로 넘긴 머리에 화이트 상하의를 코디한 신민아는 부산국제영화제의 새로운 슬러건 '경계를 넘어서(Beyond frame, 비욘드 프레임)'가 새겨진 커다란 수건을 망토삼아 두른채 색다른 매력을 과시했다.

 

한편 스타들의 화보는 영화제 기간 동안 해운대 파빌리온 '빈폴 애비뉴'에서 '시네 스타 화보전'이란 타이틀로 전시된다.

이현 기자

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some of the other actors in the poster ....

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12th PIFF Kicks off 12-Day Run

Thursday, October 4, 2007 12:07:40

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The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) kicks off its 12-day run at seven p.m. Thursday in the southern port city.

About one hundred film stars from home and abroad will attend the opening ceremony. Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s “Assembly” will open the festival one hour later before an audience of five thousand.

Some 270 films from 64 countries will be screened at 34 theaters in the Haeundae Beach and Nampo-dong areas.

Among them, 66 are world premieres and 26 are international premieres, meaning that the films will screen for the first time outside their home countries.

Some 20 events such as the PIFF Master Class will provide opportunities for festival attendees to meet renowned film directors. The handprints of seven celebrities will also be revealed including that of film score composer Ennio Morricone.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio

http://english.kbs.co.kr/news/newsview_sub...;key=2007100410

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I posted this in the YEH thread:

PIFF OPENING CEREMONY

will be broadcasted on KBS2TV @ 12:45 Korean Time

or for those in Korea with Channel Q, you can watch it live at 7:00pm..

^ahh if only today was Friday, then I would stay up to watch it..

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-EDIT: Live Broadcast @ 18:50 Korean Time, go to:

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(the first one from the MBC listings or 2 below TJB SBS)

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Photos copied from daum - 12th Pusan International Film Festival, opening night

Please correct and help me with the names of the stars, thanks!

20071004202310_310_0.jpg Kim Ju Hyuk, Kim Ji Soo

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200710042017271003_1.jpg Park Geun Hyung

200710042020351003_1.jpg Yoon Da Hoon,

200710042018401129_1.jpg Soo Ae

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200710042026351003_1.jpg Jang Hyuk

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200710042028281129_1.jpg Daniel Dae Kim (Lost)

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^ Thanks yum yum dimsum for the links, those are great threads! I'll put them up at the first post for others to refer. Thanks! :D

Thanks to Shirley too, for the BEYOND FRAME related update & posters, also Huangsy for the airport pics and smr05 for the link to watch the ceremony live.

Appreciate all sharing, keep them coming! :lol:

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thanks for all the pictures posted ..i think this year the fashion look better then last ..ahh some of the actors/actress i have not seem in a long while also appearing in Pusan ;)

Kim Ju Hyuk, Kim Ji Soo look so lovely as a couple ..~ when will be their wedding ?!! :P .

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thanks for all the pictures posted ..i think this year the fashion look better then last ..ahh some of the actors/actress i have not seem in a long while also appearing in Pusan ;)

20071004215213_802_0.jpg Kim Min Sun

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Kim Ju Hyuk, Kim Ji Soo look so lovely as a couple ..~ when will be their wedding ?!! :P .

Maybe one of these days :P .. they really came out together, so sweet. :lol:

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The opening film, “Assembly,” is directed by china director Feng Xiaogang this is the movie world premier .~! .third chinese movie to be selected for the opening of PIFF

[ ..i wonder how this new movie of Dir Feng will turn out .i watch a couple of his movies .his comedies are pretty interesting ..something which chinese movie now lack - that witty sense of humour . ] lol i rem he did a special appearance in Stephen Chow box office hit "Kung Fu Hustle " ..in the very first few minutes

Dir Feng Xiaogang at the press conference

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제12회 부산국제영화제 화려한 개막(종합)

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12일까지 '은막의 축제'..64개국 275편 영화 상영

(부산=연합뉴스) 민영규 기자 = '바다의 도시' 부산이 4일 '영화의 바다'에 빠졌다.

제12회 부산국제영화제(PIFF)가 이날 오후 7시 45분 부산 해운대구 수영만 요트경기장 야외상영관에서 장준환 감독과 배우 문소리 부부의 사회로 화려하게 개막돼 12일까지 9일간의 일정으로 '은막의 축제'를 시작했다.

부산영화제 개막식 사상 처음으로 비가 쏟아지는 바람에 행사가 15분 가량 늦어졌다.

개막식에서는 시각장애를 딛고 일어선 하모니카 연주자 전제덕이 지난 해 아카데미상 공로상을 수상한 영화 음악계의 거장 이탈리아 엔니오 모리꼬네가 지켜보는 가운데 모리꼬네가 작곡한 영화 '미션'과 '시네마 천국'의 주제곡을 부산심포니오케스트라와 함께 연주해 잔잔한 감동을 줬다.

개막식에 이어 오후 10시30분에는 해운대 파라다이스호텔에서 모리꼬네의 핸드 프린팅을 시작으로 개막파티가 열렸고, 오후 11시에는 '배우의 밤' 행사가 진행됐다.

이번 영화제에는 개막작인 중국 펑 샤오강 감독의 영화 '집결호'와 폐막작인 일본 안노 히데아키, 마사유키, 쓰루마키 가츠야 감독의 애니메이션 '에반게리온 신극장판:서(序)'를 비롯해 64개국에서 초청된 영화 275편을 해운대와 남포동 일대 34개 상영관에서 선보인다.

초청작 가운데 PIFF를 통해 세계 처음으로 공개되는 월드프리미어가 역대 최다인 66편이고, 자국 밖에서는 처음 공개되는 인터내셔널 프리미어가 26편, 아시아에서 처음 공개되는 아시아 프리미어는 101편으로 집계됐다.

특히 PIFF의 유일한 장편 경쟁부문인 '새로운 물결(뉴 커런츠)'에 출품한 작품 11편은 모두 월드 또는 인터내셔널 프리미어여서 PIFF의 높은 위상을 반증했다.

올해 영화제는 세계적인 거장의 신작이나 화제작, 월드프리미어 등을 소개하는 '갈라 프리젠테이션'과 젊고 유망한 영화 작가들을 소개하는 '플래시 포워드' 등이 신설돼 11개 부문으로 진행된다.

양주남 감독의 '미몽' 등 올해 문화재로 등록된 영화 7편과 50-60년대 국민배우 김승호를 다룬 '한국영화 회고전', 대만 작가인 고(故) 에드워드 양을 기리는 특별전 등 다채로운 특별 프로그램도 선보인다.

또 5일에는 아시아 각국의 배우들로 구성된 '아시아 연기자 네트워크(APAN)'가 발족한다.

아시아지역의 대표적인 프로젝트 시장으로 올해 출범 열 돌을 맞은 부산프로모션플랜(PPP)과 촬영기술 및 기자재를 거래하는 부산영상산업박람회(BIFCOM) 등으로 구성된 '아시안필름마켓'은 8일부터 11일까지 부산 그랜드호텔과 프리머스 시네마에서 개최된다.

'아시안필름마켓'에서는 아시아와 미주, 유럽에서 활동중인 영화산업 전문가들이 참석, 합작에 필요한 정보를 공유하고 파이낸싱이 가능한 마켓인 '코프로덕션 프로'가 신설돼 주목된다.

개막식에는 임권택, 이창동 감독과 대만의 허우 샤오시엔 감독 등 국내외 유명 감독과 국내외 스타 150여명이 참석해 '별들의 전쟁'을 방불케 했고, 한나라당 이명박, 민주노동당 권영길 대선후보와 대통합민주신당 정동영 대선 경선후보가 참석해 눈길을 끌었다.

허남식 PIFF 조직위원장은 개막사에서 "아시아 영화는 물론 영상산업을 선도하는 부산영화제가 이제 지역과 장르를 넘어 새로운 도약을 하고자 한다"면서 부산영화제에 대한 관심과 사랑을 당부했다.

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Oct 4, 2007

Spirits high on the wet carpet at Pusan

By Jonathan Landreth

BUSAN, South Korea -- A Sino-Korean filmmaking alliance marked the opening of the Pusan International Film Festival on Thursday as "Assembly" director Feng Xiaogang and PIFF founder and director Kim Dong-ho touted their neighbors' achievements, undaunted by a rain delay.

Nor did the first opening-night downpour in the festival's 12-year history stop the three leading candidates in Korea's upcoming presidential election from walking the red carpet to cheers from hundreds of wet, screaming fans, who also hoped for a glimpse of cinema celebrities Feng -- China's most bankable director -- and Kim, Korea's senior statesman of cinema.

"Thanks to my Korean crew, I've been able to produce a beautiful war film on par with Hollywood," Feng said at an afternoon press screening about the Seoul-based team that aided his $10.8 million modern Chinese war epic in special effects, make-up, art direction and sound.

Kim thanked Feng for granting the world premiere of "Assembly" -- part of which takes place during the Korean War -- to Pusan, the beach resort that was once the last South Korean foothold against the invading communists from the North.

"We are pleased and honored to have picked Feng Xiaogang's 'Assembly,' " Kim said. "This is the first war epic blockbuster made in China and it is also a Korean co-production."

The recent growth of cinema in Korea, which has made it the world's fifth-largest boxoffice earner, has seen many local companies look to neighboring China to tap a larger, nascent market (HR 9/28).

The premiere, attended by lead actor Zhang Hanyu and his co-stars, was set to draw more than the 6,000 ticketed guests to an outdoor screen at the local marina.

Outside the Pusan Yachting Center, a wet crowd of hundreds of fans lined the red carpet, swelled by screaming schoolgirls awaiting celebrities, rumored to include Korean pop band Super Junior.

"This is my first year here, but I don't care about the rain," said Kim An-na, standing sans umbrella in hopes of sighting film and TV actress Song Hye-kyo.

Others treading the wet carpet included Festival de Cannes general manager Thierry Fremaux, Korean fashion designer Andre Kim and legendary film composer Ennio Moriccone, whose appearance prompted the orchestra, sheltered on the stage, to vamp an homage from "The Mission."

The collaboration between Feng's producers, Beijing-based Huayi Bros. Pictures, and MK Pictures began at MK's Seoul offices in the Korean capital in June 2006, and continued as Huayi began preselling the film at Pusan last October.

Feng said he was pleased to be leading China to work with Korea in movies, adding he had told his friend, the Korean director Kang Je-gyu ("Brotherhood"), that he had wanted to use Hollywood crews but could not afford them.

"I was fortunate to have 'Brotherhood' as a role model," Feng said, adding that the director of the Korean War epic had introducing him to the Koreans on his "Assembly" crew.

"I welcome all Koreans wishing to make movies in Beijing and offer them my help," Feng said, adding, however, he was now afraid too many Chinese filmmakers would hire Koreans instead of local crew.

Running Oct. 4-12, PIFF features more premieres that ever before. Of its 275 films, 66 are world, 26 international and 101 are Asia premieres.

Mark Russell and Gregg Kilday contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/conten...e5bc07573403698

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