'Chaser' cleans up at hometown PiFan

Korean film takes three top awards at festival

BUCHEON, South Korea -- South Korean thriller “The Chaser” was the big winner at the 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), which closed Friday night.

Directed by Na Hong-jin, “The Chaser” picked up the Best of Puchon award, the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals Asian Award and the Best Actress award, for Seo Young-hee.

Warner Bros bought the remake rights to “The Chaser” in March for approximately $1 million.

The Jury’s Choice award went to France’s “Fear(s) of the Dark,” while the Citizen’s Choice award went to Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In.”

Special mentions also went to Yoshihiro Nishimura’s “Tokyo Gore Police” and Yim Pil-sung’s “Hansen & Gretel.”

For short films, Best Short Film award (and $5,000 prize) went to Canada’s Rodrigo Gudino for “Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”

Although final figures are not at time of writing (PiFan continues to show films for two days after the closing ceremonies), this year’s 58,721 admissions appear to be down slightly from last year. But organizers said this was mostly due to the detachment of live concerts and the film screenings, which had been held in the same venues during earlier festivals.