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LEE Chang-dong to Chair Tokyo Jury

2007/09/18 Source

Esteemed Korean director Lee Chang-dong will chair the jury of the Tokyo FILMex 2007 international film festival which takes place November 17 25 in the Japanese metropolis. The event's competition section highlights emerging talent in Asia.

LEE's award-winning "Secret Sunshine" will be presented as the closing film of the festival. Premiering in competition at Cannes this year, the film captured a Best Actress prize for lead Jeon Do-yeon, and has just recently been submitted as Korea's choice for nomination in the best foreign film category of the Academy Awards. Having screened in Toronto, the film is now lined-up to screen at the New York and London film festivals.

The Tokyo FILMex launched in 2000, aiming to showcase the best contemporary Asian cinema. The event will include retrospectives, international premieres, and a symposium with panel discussions.

LEE's "Secret Sunshine" is his fourth feature and his first in five years after a trio of critically acclaimed features, beginning with "Green Fish" (1997), "Peppermint Candy" (1999), and "Oasis" (2002). LEE's also served as Korea's Minister of Culture and Tourism before returning to filmmaking.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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