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Busan: ‘Avatar 2’ Producer Jon Landau Premieres 15-Minutes of Footage in Korea

Select attendees at the Busan International Film Festival on Thursday got a sneak peek at 2022’s most anticipated movie — James Cameron’s long-gestating mega-tentpole Avatar: The Way of Water. A 15-minute showreel of exclusive footage from the Avatar sequel was shown to a large Korean audience who had paid about $5 each (7,000 Korean won) to […]

Busan: Lars Von Trier’s ‘The Kingdom,’ K-Dramas From Netflix and Disney+ Headline Second Series Selection

The Busan International Film Festival has unveiled a selection of nine series for its On Screen section, a program launched last year that highlights innovative series created by TV producers and streaming platforms. This year’s selection, which has grown from three titles to nine, will include original series from Disney+, Netflix and TVING, the streaming […]

Busan Film Festival to Open With Iran’s ‘Scent of Wind,’ Close With Kei Ishikawa’s ‘A Man’

The 27th edition of Busan International Film Festival will open with Scent of Wind by the Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh and close with A Man by Japan’s Kei Ishikawa.  Launched in 1996, Busan has long been considered Asia’s premiere film festival, famous both for launching the careers of exciting new Korean and Asian auteurs, as […]

Busan Film Festival Unveils Diverse Competition Lineup

The Busan International Film Festival has unveiled its 10-film selection for New Currents, the event’s main competition section that focuses on Asian cinema. Since the festival launched in 1996, the program has been one of the region’s most important platforms for introducing emerging directors.  This year, two Indian films have been selected for the section […]

Korean Film Figures Condemn Venice for Honoring Kim Ki-duk Despite Sexual Abuse Allegations 

South Korean film organizations are heaping criticism on the Venice Film Festival in response to a decision to screen the final film of the late Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk despite the multiple sexual abuse allegations he was facing prior to his death. Kim died from COVID-19-related complications in Latvia in 2020. He had lived his […]

Troubles at Home Cloud Korea’s Global Success

In 2021, Kang Hye-jung, the CEO of South Korean production shingle R&K and the wife of star director Ryu Seung-wan, produced Escape From Mogadishu, a political thriller based on North and South Korean diplomats trapped in a civil war in the Somalian capital in 1991. Directed by Ryu, the film became the most-watched Korean film of […]

‘Business Proposal’ Director Explains the Creation of Netflix’s Latest K-Drama Hit

Park Seon-ho tries to avoid feeling too guilty when it comes to clichés. As the director of Business Proposal, the latest hit South Korean romantic comedy based on a popular webtoon of the same title, he sticks to the principle that “what you’re familiar with works the best.” So instead of forcing change or adding […]

Busan Film Festival: ‘Farewell, My Hometown,’ ‘The Apartment’ Take Top Awards

The Busan International Film Festival came to a close Friday with its annual awards ceremony honoring both up-and-coming directors and more established auteurs from around the globe. The winner of this year’s New Currents Awards, which are given to the two best films selected from first or second features from emerging Asian directors, went to […]

Busan: Korean Filmmakers Discuss Virtues of Working With Global Streaming Platforms

For Korean feature filmmakers who have turned to directing drama series on streaming platforms, the biggest shift has been to imagine the environment in which the audiences watch the work. “We had to shoot a lot of close-ups, because if you watch a film through a mobile phone, we weren’t sure if the audience could […]

Busan: Disney Asia Head Luke Kang Touts Streaming Strategy, Disney+ South Korea Launch

For Luke Kang, president of the Walt Disney Company for the Asia-Pacific region, the growth opportunities for the streaming market in South Korea are clear and abundant. There’s a reason why global media and entertainment companies are keeping a keen eye on Asia — and South Korea in particular — as one of the most […]

South Korea’s Busan Festival Opens With ‘Parasite’ Stars and a Spirit of Recovery

The Busan International Film Festival kicked off in South Korea’s bustling southern port city Wednesday night with the world premiere of Heaven: To the Land of Happiness from veteran director Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid). Despite a smaller scale (with theaters at 50 percent capacity) and a mask mandate for all visitors, about 1,200 audience members […]

Busan International Film Festival Prepares for a Post-Pandemic Makeover

For Oh Seok Geun, who was newly appointed as Busan International Film Festival’s director of the Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM), this year’s market is an opportunity to reflect on Busan’s identity and prepare for a post-COVID market. “There are three key functions of a film market — networking, sales and project market,” says […]