Kim Jimi gets PIFF retrospective

Only second thespian honored by festival spotlight

SEOUL -- Kim Jimi, a veteran Korean actress, will be the heroine of this year’s Korean Cinema Retrospective, as part of the Pusan International Film Festival starting on October 7. It is the festival’s second retrospective dedicated to an actor, with the premiere spotlight featuring Kim Seung Ho in 2007.

Kim, dubbed “Korea’s Elizabeth Taylor” because of her Western style of appearance in her films, has nurtured an unparalleled position in modern Korean cinema. Since her debut in the late 1950s she has had a prolific career by starring in films including Im Kwon-taek’s “Ticket” (1986) and Kim Ki-young’s “Promise of the Flesh” (1975).

“Her life was a movie itself,” PIFF said in a statement.

PIFF claims Kim has appeared in more than 700 films. In her later years, she set up her own film company and became a film producer.
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