NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

12th Pusan International Film Festival Closes

2007/10/15 | Permalink | Source

Japanese Anime Is Closing Film in 2007 PIF

By Junni Ogborne
Staff Reporter

The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) drew to a close on Friday night (Oct. 5, 2007), with crowds gathering at the Busan Yachting Center to watch the closing movie, an outdoor screening of Hideaki Anno's "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone". The film is the first in a four-part theatrical animation series based on a hugely popular Japanese Anime TV series.

The screening was preceded by a spectacular fireworks display and the requisite awards and closing speeches. Festival Director Kim Dong-ho thanked the crowd for attending was then deservedly awarded UNESCO's Federico Fellini Medal for his work with the PIFF and contribution to "defending cultural diversity".

Known to jump on scooters in order to hop between the many industry parties at Busan and for the relentless work schedule he keeps, the work hard-play hard head of PIFF is showing no signs of slowing down despite having reached the tender age of 70.

US$30,000 Awards in the "New Currents" section PIFF's only competitive section, focusing on promising directors working in Asian independent cinema went to Jin Guang-hao for the joint Chinese-Korean production "Life Track", Thailand's Aditya Assarat for "Wonderful Town" and Seng Tat Liew for Malaysian picture "Flower in the Pocket". Despite being received luke-warmly by critics, "Flower" was also appreciated by the public and won the PIFF audience award.

"I came here with a film and a suitcase, and I'm returning home with a suitcase full of dirty clothes and this award", Director Liew said at the closing ceremony. Although shunned by the main jury, "The Red Awn", a father-and-son drama set amid the scenic cornfields of China's Gansu Province directed by Cai Shangjun, picked up the International Film Critics award.

Whilst it has been a difficult year for the Korean film industry, the 12th edition of the PIFF further solidified Busan as the biggest and most important in film festival in Asia. Despite the uninvited appearance of Typhoon Krosa and murmurings of organisational mishaps, this years' festival once again proved a success and was well attended by domestic and foreign guests.

Amongst the 271 films from 64 countries screened at the festival, 66 were receiving their world premiere and 101 their Asian Premiere. Total admissions during the nine-day festival were the highest ever at 198,603.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations