Puchon opens with 'M.W.' manga

2009 edition features horror, fantasy, erotic films

SEOUL -- “M.W,” the latest feature from director Hitoshi Iwamoto based on a Japanese manga, will open the 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 16.

This year’s festival will bring 202 films from 41 countries, with selections including new wave Hong Kong cinema, noted vampire films and 1980s Korean erotic films.

“World Fantastic Cinema,” the festival’s front program, provides horror flicks and fantasy, including “Acts of Violence” by Il Lim, “Chocolate” by Prachya Pinkaew and “High Kick Girl” by Fuyuhiko Nishi.

Puchon also features a selection of classic horror and zombie films in “Puchon Choice Features & Shorts"; genre films of six masters whose works question terror and politics in “Strange Homage”; a retrospective to 1980s Korean films with a particular focus on erotic films in “Korean Retrospective-Eroticscape: 1980s Urban Erotica.”

In “Fanta Masters: Vampires of Their Own,” major vampire films of five directors including Roman Polanski, Joel Schumacher and Park Chan-wook have been invited.

As a satellite section, films from the Czech Republic, which has historically produced many strong science fiction films and literary works, will be screened during the festival with a special visit of Ondrej Neff, dubbed the father of Czech science fiction literature.

The festival will close on  with “Merantau,” the first Indonesian martial arts film by Gareth Huw Evans of “Footsteps.”
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