'Love,' 'Betelnut' win at Pusan Fest


PUSAN, South Korea -- "Love Conquers All" and "Betelnut" shared the New Currents Award at the closing of the Pusan International Film Festival on Friday night. The festival's top award comes with a $30,000 cash prize.

"Love Conquers All" was directed by Malaysian Tan Chui Mui. "Betelnut," helmed by Chinese director Yang Heng, also took home the FIPRESCI international critics award.

Additional winners this year included Roh Gyeong-tae's "The Last Dining Table," which picked up the NETPAC Award for best Korean film, and Vietnamese helmer Huynh Luu's "The While Silk Dress," which won the audience award.

Winners of the $20,000 Sunje Fund award for best short Korean films were Lee Jin-woo's "The Wind Stirs" and Yoon Seong-ho's "Portfolio."

Kim Duk-chul's "People Crossing the River" and Kim Myeong-joon's "Our School" took the $20,000 Woonpa Fund prize for best Korean documentary.

The festival's announced attendance of 162,835 was down from last year's edition, in part because fewer films were screened this year. Chinese director Ning Hao closed the festival with his comedy "Crazy Stone," a big hit in mainland China.

Additionally, CJ Entertainment announced the five Asian films it was picking up as part of the "CJ Collection," which guarantees theatrical and DVD release in Korea: "My Mother Is a Belly Dancer" (Hong Kong), "Wool 100%" (Japan), "Rain Dogs" (Malaysia), "Illusion" (Philippines) and "Crazy Stone."