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Kim Ki-duk winner of the Douglas Sirk Award at the 2012 Filmfest Hamburg

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The winner of the Douglas Sirk Award at the 2012 Filmfest Hamburg has been decided. This year the prize will be awarded to the South Korean director Kim Ki-duk. During the prize-giving ceremony, Filmfest Hamburg will be hosting the German premiere of his latest film Pieta. Kim Ki-duk will be present. ...

The 11th New York Asian Film Festival launches this week

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    The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns !   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hottest young director, will be a gues...

Bardsongs wins Silk Screen's People’s Choice Award

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Silk Screen is proud to announce that the winner of this year’s RAGS Foundation People’s Choice Award is Bardsongs. The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by the RAGS Foundation, which is a non-profit organization started by Sridhar and Gunjan Tayur located in Pittsburgh. The 2012 7th Annual Silk Screen film festival was a hit with an increase in attendance from previous years. All films [except opening and closing night events] were given the opportunity to enter and ea...

Im Sang-Soo presents The Taste of Money in competition

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Im Sang-Soo © RR Money, power and subjugation, these are recurring themes in the cinema of Im Sang-Soo. With The Taste of Money, the Korean returns to the Competition two years after The Housemaid and explores cupidity, one of the great ills of the country, according to the director.   "Korean people, whether they are rich or poor, have become obsessed with money." From this premise, Im Sang-Soo imagines the story of Young-jak, the personal assistant t...

The New York Asian Film Festival returns (June 29 - July 15)

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The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns - and this year we’re bringing crazy back!   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hotte...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

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The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS: MY WAY AND HIMIZU

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  OPENING FILM MY WAY In recent years, cross-border productions have been flourishing and Terracotta are thrilled to be opening the festival on Thursday 12th April 2012 with one of the most high-profile and ambitious examples to date, the Korean war epic MY WAY.   From Korean cinema's box office champion Kang Je-Kyu who also directed ‘Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War' and ‘Shiri', MY WAY tells the story of two marathon runners, one Korean and one Japanese, duri...

far East FilmFestival in Udine 14 means...

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…emotions, energy, participation… 20th to 28th April 2012 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” & VisionarioA dimension that is spreading from the big screen to television and home video! With one eye fixed on contemporary Asia and the other on South Korea in the ‘70s, the grand festival in Friuli will present over sixty titles, while also taking a look at production and distribution. After fourteen editions, a successful Festival stops being an event and transforms into something more. ...

Busan West Asian Film Festival

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Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, today announced the official program for the upcoming Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif.Busan West 2011 will feature eleven feature films from five countries: China, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Three of thos...

Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and present “The Host” in 3D

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  Influential Director Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and Present Opening Night Film - The North American Premiere of "The Host" in 3D   Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, is proud to announce the Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 i...

Two Korean films programmed and Korean actress Kim Kkobbi attending Terracotta Festival 2011

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We are proud to introduce in our Korean selection a mix of tense thriller and romantic comedy with impressive cartoons segments to the audience in the UK. Man of Vendetta  파괴된 사나이, Friday 8th May 19.35. A thriller directed by Woo Min-Ho about Pastor Ju Young-su (Kim Myung-min), a man of rock solid faith whose life is shattered when his 5-year-old daughter is kidnapped. He seeks God with desperate prayers for her safe return but to no avail. Feeling betrayed and distraught with ...

Night Fishing Horror film shot on iPhone by Park Chan-wook

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AT THE FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL OF UDINE THE FIRST HORROR FILM SHOT ON iPhone:NIGHT FISHING, CULT MOVIE OF THE GREAT PARK CHAN-WOOK!Lasting only thirty three minutes, but already a cult movie: Night Fishing, the horror film by Park Chan-wook – legendary filmmaker of Old Boy and Lady Vendetta – was shot entirely using an iPhone! With a very modest budget (130,000 dollars) and a crew reduced to the bare minimum, Park has made an exceptional strike at our imaginations, demonstrating that real qua...

Berlinale Shorts: The Future Today. Music in Pictures. Dada Burns Genre.

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The Berlinale Shorts is celebrating its birthday. In the section’s fifth year, the films being presented are elegant and eloquent in both form and content. They consistently and subversively question, evade, vary and expand the many possible paths open to cinema. The films leave new marks in the cinematic landscape, and show that there are no boundaries that cannot be overcome, and no formal rules that cannot be breached. For it is in breaching them that the offer for discourse arises. The fil...

LKFF - Interview with Kim Jee-woon (I SAW THE DEVIL)

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  Tania: I would like to ask you about your background, you were a theatre director and then you went into film. How did that work? Kim Jee-woon: I did theatre in school and I learnt acting then, but people around me told me not to, so I stopped. It was in my early 20's that I learnt that there is someone behind the actors of the stage and that a production needs an overall leader behind everything and that's when I learnt the role of a director. Tania: So how did tha...

London Korean Film Festival Opening Gala A Great Success!

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The Opening Gala of the fifth London Korean Film Festival has been declared a resounding success with many celebrities, filmmakers and diplomats attending. The Man From Nowhere directed by Lee Jeong-beom closed with a standing ovation from the likes of Jonathan Ross, Simon Field (producer of Uncle Boonmee), Tony Rayns (film critic), the ambassador of South Korea and film fans alike. The proceedings kicked off in classic film premier style with The Man From Nowhere receiving the first ever East A...

LKFF Preview of I SAW THE DEVIL + Q&A with director Kim Jee-woon

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 I SAW THE DEVIL is the last delivery from cult Korean director, Kim Jee-woon exploring the theme of vengeance; young secret agent goes on a hunt and torture rampage of the killer of his fiancée.  I SAW THE DEVIL does not shy away from vicious violence, both displayed by the killer and the agent, with some graphic scenes that resulted in the film being panned by critics in Korean and also banned. Twice. The government being fearful for the mental health of Korean citizens. However, when th...

London Korean Film Festival Opening Gala A Great Success!

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   The Opening Gala of the fifth London Korean Film Festival has been declared a resounding success with many celebrities, filmmakers and diplomats attending. The Man From Nowhere directed by Lee Jeong-beom closed with a standing ovation from the likes of Jonathan Ross, Simon Field (producer of Uncle Boonmee), Tony Rayns (film critic), the ambassador of South Korea and film fans alike. The proceedings kicked off in classic film premier style with The Man From Nowhere receiving the first ever...

5th London Korean Film Festival Press Release

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   Now in its fifth year, the London Korean Film Festival is proud to bring an exciting range of Korean films to one of London‟s most prestigious venues, The ICA. The festival looks to promote the most essential contemporary cinema that Korea has to offer, covering a wide spectrum of subjects and genres including war, action, period drama and children‟s entertainment. The LKFF will feature 21 screenings at 3 different venues in London including a talk chaired by the Sight & Sound, Eas...

New York: NY Asian Film Festival

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When I first covered the festival numerous years ago at the downtown Anthology Film Archives, I was struck by several features not encountered in any of the other established festivals. The organizers of the festival performed antics on the stage before the films and threw presents like videos and books into the audience. They were greeted by an adoring and enthusiastic crowd who seemed to be familiar with directors and principal characters of the films screened. In short an audience addicted to...

DAINTY Korean Actress Revives Legacy of Her Maverick Film Director DAD, LEE Man-Hee 이만희

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Lee Hye-Young in Paris Cinémathèque Lobby Photos by Helen Dobrensky Dainty Korean Actress Revives Legacy of her Maverick Film Director Dad LEE Man-Hee 이만희   Slender, elegant Korean beauty, LEE Hye-Young, one of the country`s famous actresses, flew into Paris for a few days early June, from SEOUL, to present the exclusive and unprecendented tribute to her father LEE MAN HE, Korea`s unforgettable national cinematographer who disappeared at the too early age of...

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HAHAHA by HONG Sangsoo wins Un Certain Regard 2010

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  Un Certain Regard 2010 presented 19 films directed by 21 directors hailing from 19 different countries. 4 of the works were first films. Presided over by Claire DENIS (Director, France), the Jury was comprised of: Helena LINDBLAD (Critic - Dagens Nyheter, Sweden), Patrick FERLA (Journalist - Radio télévision suisse, Switzerland), KIM Dongho (Pusan Film Festival, South Korea), Serge TOUBIANA (General Director of the Cinémathèque Française, France). O ESTRA...

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