Nakata to open Udine Far East fest


TOKYO -- "The Ring" director Hideo Nakata will cut the ribbon to open the 10th annual Far East Film festival in Udine, Italy, where his "L Change The World" will have its international debut.

Starting Apr. 18, the nine-day festival will screen 61 other films, including a selection of "rediscovered masterpieces," such as four 1950s titles from South Korean director Shin Sang-ok, which have never been screened in the West. Shin died in 2006.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the festival organized by the Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche di Udine, at which films by Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Pang Ho-cheung will also screen.

Nakata's horror movies, including “Dark Water," have earned him a cult following. His new ghost film "Kaidan" will screen at Udine’s Horror Day, Apr. 23.