'Assembly' first in line for Pusan festival

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BEIJING -- Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's anti-war film "The Assembly" will open the 12th annual Pusan International Film Festival on Oct. 4, organizers and the film's producers, Huayi Brothers Pictures, said Wednesday.

Beijing-based Feng will make his first trip to Asia's largest film festival to present "Assembly," a co-production with South Korea's MK Pictures, along with the film's four largely unknown stars.

"We worked hard to get this film to open at Pusan and it's very important to us," Felice Bee, director of international sales and distribution for Beijing-based Huayi Brothers, said in an interview. "We are confident we will sell Korean rights at the festival."

Feng will be accompanied to the South Korean beach resort by one of the brothers who lead Huayi, either Wang Zhongjun or Wang Zhonglei, as well as cast members Zhang Hanyu, Deng Chao, Yuan Wenkang and Pang Yan.

The Korean crew that helped Feng shoot the film's war scenes last year in northeast China was the same crew that worked on MK's 2004 hit "Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War" by Kang Je-gyu.

PIFF, which ends Oct. 12, will close with "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone," the working title for the theatrical adaptation of hit 1995 Japanese anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion."

The first episode in a theatrical trilogy, "Evangelion 1.0" will premiere Saturday in Japan.
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