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Busan Film Review: ‘Narratage’

Memory has a way of distorting time, stretching it or compressing it according to our emotional response to the events at hand. That subjective temporal elasticity is captured in “Narratage,” a trembling, intricately structured first-love story from well-regarded Japanese helmer Isao Yukisada — but even with that said, at 140 minutes, this delicate tale risks […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 13th, 2017

Marvel Postpones Opening of Busan Experience

BUSAN — The Marvel Experience Busan that was set to open on Oct. 12, coinciding with the beginning of the Busan Film Festival, has been postponed to Oct. 26. It will now run through Jan. 31, 2018. The Marvel Experience rights holders, Los Angeles-based Hero Ventures, signed a deal for South Korea with holding company […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 12th, 2017

Busan: European Industry, Talent Delegations Head for Korean Festival

Europe’s film makers and businesses will make their presence felt at next month’s Busan International Film Festival. Some 34 film sales firms will take up position in Busan’s Asian Film Market, and 15 actors and directors are expected to make presentations. Both delegations are part of the Europe! Goes Busan initiative which is backed by... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 20th, 2017

Busan Festival to Open with Shin Su-won’s ‘Glass Garden’

“Glass Garden,” by Korean director Shin Su-won (“Madonna”) will open the 22nd edition of the Busan Film Festival, Asia’s largest film festival. “Love Education,” by multifaceted Taiwanese Sylvia Chang (“Mumur of the Hearts”) will close the festival, which runs Oct. 12-21. The lineup announcement at two events Monday, the first in Busan, the second, later in... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 11th, 2017

Berlin’s Christoph Terhechte to Receive Busan Honor

Germany’s Christoph Terhechte will receive the Korean Cinema Award at this year’s Busan International Film Festival in October. He is being recognized for his significant contribution to Korean cinema. Terhechte has regularly invited Korean films to the Forum section that he runs as part of the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) each February. The Busan festival... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 28th, 2017

Busan marks 20th anniversary with 100 best Asian film list

A new list of the best Asian films of all time was published this week, as the region's increasingly vibrant cinema scene celebrated another bonanza in Busan. The 20th anniversary of the Busan International Film Festival, in South Korea, marked its m.....»»

Category: topSource: yahooOct 4th, 2015

Oliver Stone to Head Powerful Jury at Busan Festival

Oliver Stone, the ever controversial American-French director, has been named as president of the competition jury for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival. The Busan festival is no stranger to controversy. Stone heads an impressive panel including Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 20th, 2017

Kim Dong-ho, Kang Soo-youn to Resign From Troubled Busan Festival

Kim Dong-ho, one of the founders of the Busan International Film Festival and current chairman of the festival organizing committee, has announced his intention to resign. Actress-turned-festival director, Kang Soo-youn said she would also step down. The resignations will not take effect till after this year’s edition of the troubled festival. This year’s Busan festival is... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 8th, 2017

Busan: Kim Ji-seok nominees reflect the breadth of Asian talent

The 10 nominees for the inaugural Kim Ji-seok awards, named after the late Busan festival program director, are a true reflection of the diversity of Asia itself. One of the founding fathers of the Busan festival, Kim spent more than 20 years of his life nurturing young Asian filmmakers, leading many of them to describe […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 13th, 2017

Busan: ‘Taxi Driver’ Hailed as Best Film at Bu-il Awards

Jang Hoon’s “A Taxi Driver” won the best film prize at the 26th Bu-il Film Awards, a local film awards annually held in Haeundae during the Busan Film Festival. The historical drama also earned lead actor Song Kang-ho (“Snowpiercer”) the best actor award. Having earned $84.75 million from 12.2 million admissions during its theatrical run, “Taxi […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 13th, 2017

Busan: Helmer Farooki Sets December Shoot for ‘Saturday Afternoon’

Eminent Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki will commence production on Bengali- and English- language film “Saturday Afternoon” in December. Farooki describes the film as “a thriller where the lives of several people collide on one fateful day.” Farooki is a Busan Film Festival regular. His “Television” closed the festival in 2012, while his latest, “No […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 16th, 2017

Platform Busan Aims to Create Pan-Asian Pic Community

Without the late Kim Ji-seok, former deputy director and executive programmer of the Busan Film Intl. Film Festival who passed away in May at the Cannes Film Festival, this year’s BIFF was always going to be different. As the festival styles itself as the hub of Asian independent cinema, the veteran programmer that handled the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 15th, 2017

Busan: Australian Film ‘Pulse’ Is Tale of Triumph Over Adversity

U.S.-based sales agent Oration is handling rights to “Pulse,” the Australian fantasy drama that has its international premiere Monday in the Busan Film Festival’s Flash Forward section. The film is an intensely personal tale about a gay young man with disabilities who changes into the body of a beautiful woman, in order to be loved. […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 14th, 2017

Busan: Mouly Surya’s ‘Marlina’ Adds Sales Deals (EXCLUSIVE)

“Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” the Indonesian film that was presented in Busan’s Asian Project Market last year, is now proving a hit with international distributors. The film had its theatrical premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in May and plays this week at Busan. The picture is something […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 12th, 2017

Busan: Director Chowdhury Sets ‘Rickshaw Girl’ for March Shoot

Bangladeshi filmmaker Amitabh Reza Chowdhury (“Aynabaji”) will go into production on Bengali-language film “Rickshaw Girl” in March. Chowdhury is part of the Bangladeshi contingent attending the Busan Platform program. The film is based on Mitali Perkins’ bestselling 2007 young adult novel that was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 17th, 2017

‘Glass Garden’ Director Shin Su-won Backs Busan, Talks Blacklist

Shin Su-won, the Korean director of Busan’s opening film “Glass Garden,” showed support for the Busan Intl. Film Festival, criticizing the political issues that have bedeviled the event. Shin is a member of Directors’ Guild of Korea, which has not lifted its boycott of the BIFF. “Despite its ordeal, I believe the BIFF should go […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 16th, 2017

Chinese Poet Han Dong Cultivates Dark Humor in ‘One Night on the Wharf’

A keen admirer of Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” Chinese poet Han Dong makes an appearance this week in Busan with “One Night on the Wharf,” his first attempt at directing a movie. Produced by art-house darling Jia Zhangke, the film debuts in the Busan Film Festival’s main New Currents competition. At […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 15th, 2017

Busan: Ray Yeung Opens Closet With New Film at Asian Project Market

Writer/director Ray Yeung was reading about Hong Kong men in the 60-70 age group that were married and in the closet and decided to interview some of them. The interviews crystallized into the screenplay for “Suk Suk,” one of the projects vying for coin at the Busan Asian Project Market. The film will follow two […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 15th, 2017

Busan Facetime: Director Shin Su-won Talks ‘Glass Garden’

Shin Su-won, one of the best-known South Korean female filmmakers, has been a regular entry at international film festivals since her autobiographical 2010 debut feature, “Passerby #3.” After world premiering her previous feature, “Madonna,” at Cannes in 2015, Shin returns to Busan with “Glass Garden,” which is he festival’s opening night film. You went to […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 14th, 2017

Oliver Stone Doesn"t Think Harvey Weinstein Should Be Condemned by a "Vigilante System"

Oliver Stone is not rushing to condemn producer Harvey Weinstein, who is facing many allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker was asked to comment on the scandal while attending an event at the Busan International Film Festival on Friday (October 13). “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets [...] Oliver Stone is not rushing to condemn producer Harvey Weinstein, who is facing many allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker was asked to comment on the scandal while attending an event at the Busan International Film Festival on Friday (October 13). “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” Stone said (via THR). “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through either. He was a rival and I never did business with him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So, I’m not going to comment on that. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.” Several prominent women in the entertainment industry, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, and more have come forward with their experiences with Weinstein......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredOct 12th, 2017

Busan Festival Creates Prize for Late Kim Ji-seok

The Busan International Film Festival announced Monday that it will create a prize in honor of the late Kim Ji-seok, co-founder of the festival and formerly its head selector. Kim died while visiting the Cannes film festival in May. “Kim dedicated his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 4th, 2017