Ken Watanabe to Host 2014 Busan Film Festival Opening Ceremony

8:00 PM PST 08/19/2014 by Lee Hyo-won
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Ken Watanabe in "Inception"

The Oscar-nominated actor will appear alongside South Korea's Moon Sori

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe and South Korean actress Moon Sori will co-host the opening ceremony of the 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Oct. 2.

The South Korean film festival, which is the largest event of its kind in Asia, will run through Oct. 11 in the southern coastal city of Busan.

Watanabe is known to global audiences through Hollywood projects including Memoirs of a Geisha and Inception. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Last Samurai at the 2004 Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. His latest film Unforgiven, a Japanese remake of the Clint Eastwood classic, received a gala presentation at last year's BIFF.

Moon, one of Korea's most prominent actresses, has been a regular at international film festivals for acclaimed films such as Peppermint Candy and her Venice Best New Actress-winning title Oasis, both directed by Cannes-winning auteur Lee Chang-dong.

In previous editions of the festival, Chinese superstar Tang Wei and Hong Kong singer/actor Aaron Kwok have appeared as hosts for the glitzy red-carpet opening ceremony.

Meanwhile the Asian Film Market and Asian Project Market that will be held Oct. 5-8, in conjunction with BIFF.

 

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