2014 Busan Film Fest to Present Retrospective on South Korea's Jung Jin-woo

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South Korean veteran director Jung Jin-woo

Eight signature films including the 1964 classic 'Border Line' will be shown

South Korean veteran filmmaker Jung Jin-woo will be honored with a retrospective at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The 19th edition of the top Asian film event will open in October in the South Korean city of Busan.

Organizers announced that eight signature films by the 76-year-old director will be showcased in this year's Korean Cinema Retrospective, a section designed to shed new light on the big page-turners of Korean film history: Border Line (1964), Green Rain (1966), A Student Boarder (1967), The White Crow (1967), Oyster Village (1972), The Rose That Swallowed Thorn (1979), Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1980) and The MA-NIM (1984).

Jung helmed more than 50 films from the 1960s until the mid-1990s and established a reputation for socially aware works that shed light on the separation of the two Koreas, class divides and women's issues.

He is also known for contributing to the development of the local theater business and film technology, having imported/distributed a number of foreign titles and promoted filmmaking techniques such as real-time recording. Jung currently serves as chief director of the Korea Motion Picture Directors' Association and the Korean Film Foundation.

Meanwhile, BIFF also announced the recipient of the 2014 Korean Film Award, which will be presented during the run of the festival.

Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier, director of Filmpodium, will be given the annual recognition for promoting Korean cinema overseas. She has been at the forefront of supporting Korean films in Switzerland for more than 20 years, organizing a Korean film retrospective in 1994 and co-editing the first German language book on 1990s Korean cinema.

The 19th Busan Film Festival will open Oct. 2-11. BIFF organizers previously unveiled the laureates of the 2014 Asian Filmmaker of the Year (Hong Kong's Anna Hui) and the Asian Cinema Fund. Winners of the latter financing support program will be presented during the Asian Film Market and Asian Project Market, which will be held Oct. 5-8.

Aug. 19, 7:09 p.m. Updated with photo of Jung Jin-woo.