Pusan adds pics, premieres

Festival looking to 'break boundaries'

Takashi Miike's "Crows — Episode 0," Zi'en Cui's "Only Child, Upward, Downward, Forward, Backward, Rightward and Leftward" and Michael Kang's "West 32nd" are among the premieres that figure into an expanded Pusan International Film Festival lineup, organizers said (HR 9/6).

The PIFF will unspool 275 films during its Oct. 4-12 run. Of those, 66 are world premieres and 26 are international premieres, including all 11 movies in the New Currents competitive section. An additional 101 titles are making their Asian debuts.

The PIFF kicks off with the world premiere of Feng Xiaogang's war movie "Assembly" and will close with the international premiere of anime title "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone."

New sections this year include the Gala Presentation, featuring four new titles by leading directors in Korean and Asian cinema, and Flash Forward, dedicated to first and second efforts.

"We are trying to break free of the boundaries of genre and the limits of region," festival director Kim Dong-ho said.

Kim also noted that 13 movies in this year's program — including "Blood Brother" and "Tuya's Marriage" — were nurtured by PIFF, either via the Pusan Promotion Plan premarket or as part of the Asian Cinema Fund.