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Jang Mi-hee and Kim Yoon-seok to Open PIFF

2009/10/01 | Permalink | Source

Two Korean stars have been named to host the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival. Actress Jang Mi-hee, who made her debut in 1976 and actor Kim Yun-seok, who rose to lead status with his role in 2007's The Chaser, will raise curtains for the star-studded ceremony on Oct. 8th at the Busan Yachting Center on Haeundae beach.

Jang was one of Korea's top stars throughout the 80s, starring in films such as Bae Chang-ho's "Hwang Jin-ie" (1986) and "Deep Blue Night" (1985). She is currently enjoying a renaissance in her acting career though TV drama "Mom's Dead Upset" in which she plays the colorful and unique character "Koh Eun-a".

Kim Yoon-seok is a charismatic actor known for his supporting roles in many Korean films including "The Happy Life" (2007), "Tazza: The High Rollers" - 2006, "Like A Virgin" (2006), and "The Big Swindle" (2004). His gritty lead role in "The Chaser" put him in the national spotlight. His latest film, "Running Turtle" (2009), will screen in PIFF's Korean Panorama section.

During the ceremony a special moment of tribute will be offered to late actress Jang Jin-yeong, who officiated over PIFF's opening ceremony last year.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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