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Chinese Director Yonfan to Head Up Busan New Currents Jury

Yonfan
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Japanese actor Odagiri, festival director Pere are also on panel that will judge works from new Asia directors.

Chinese director and multi-hyphenate Yonfan will head the New Currents jury at the Busan International Film Festival in October.

Japanese actor Joe Odagiri, Chinese actress Jiang Wenli, Locarno film festival director Olivier Pere and Korean producer Oh Jung-wan make up the rest of the jury.

Yonfan is best known for films Bishonen, which was at the Berlin festival in 1999, and for Prince of Tears, which competed at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. He works not only as a director, but as a producer, script writer, production designer and actor.

Odagiri played the the lead in Kim Ki-duk’s Dream. In addition, Odagiri starred with Jang Dong-gun in the highly anticipated film, My Way by Kang Je-gyu.

Pere was a curator at the France Cinematheque in 1995 and he's been the festival director of Switzerland’s Locarno International Film Festival since 2009. Jiang Wenli was featured in Farewell My Concubine and other numerous films. Oh is the executive director of B.O.M. Film Productions where she developed, produced and promoted numerous Korean films.

The New Currents Award in Busan goes to the best feature film  from a new Asian director.

The 16th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct. 6-14. The accompanying Asian  Film Market and Asian Project Market runs from Oct. 10-13.