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The Body, Review: No soul

The Body, Review: No soul A murder mystery that moves slickly and logically is a rarity, and The Body initially engages you on both counts. You don’t mind the apparent red herrings that it throws along the way, as you wait with bated breath to see it all unravel. There is a terrible sense of disappointment, though, for the herrings are not herrings, and, moreover, only one of them is red. The film unravels some five of the twenty knots it ties, leaving the remaining fifteen knots not un...

IFFI 50, VIII: Debut Film Competition entries announced

IFFI 50, VIII: Debut Film Competition entries announced The 50th International Film Festival of India announced the seven films in Debut Competition section of the festival. The festival, which has been a launch pad to several film-makers over the past 66 years, aims at bringing forth the best first time film-makers of the year in this section. Algerian film Abou Leila, directed by Amin Sidi-Boumedine, Korean film Romang, by LEE Chang-geun, Romanian film Monsters, by Mar...

Seoul International Film Festival

The Seoul International Film Festival is a global celebration of films and filmmaking in the heart of Korea. This September, filmmakers & film lovers will gather in one of the world’s most dynamic cities to honor the craft.

BYUN Sung-Hyun's Bulhandang Keeps Cannes Audience on Toes

  Out of Competition Films do not get nearly the same amount of attention as other films in The Festival. Bulhandang (The Merciless) by Byun Sung-Hyun shows that this, perhaps, should not always be the case. Greeted by a thin red carpet turnout, the four main actors were greated with a thunderous applause in the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The audience appeared to be extremely excited about the film as an applause broke out with every production company that appeared on scre...

2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES

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  SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE 2016 KAFFNY "THIRD CULTURE" FILM FESTIVAL KAFFNY is now accepting submissions for its 10th Anniversary film festival, taking place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, October 13-22, 2016. Submissions will be accepted until May 15th via: FilmFreeway - https://filmfreeway.com/festival/kaffny Withoutabox - www.withoutabox.com/login/7271. KAFFNY invites filmmakers of all backgrounds to submit for consideration their completed lon...

Korean Film Festival in Australia

Are you ready to HOLD ON TIGHT???The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back for a 2nd year with an expanded line-up of 16 sessions over 6 days between August 24th-29th. From gangster mayhem and bloody revenge pics, to award-winning indie drama and comedy showcases, there is truly something for everyone’s taste.  KOFFIA will take you on a thrilling ride of Korean cinema, covering the latest and greatest in contemporary hits, as well as a selection of classics to choose from. If you like your films dramatic, your action unique, and your storylines bold, then KOFFIA is for you. Join us at Dendy Cinemas on the shores of Circular Quay as we put on a Korean cultural experience with industry forums, musical acts, cultural performances and so much more!  KOFFIA offers a first-hand chance for people to satisfy their hunger for drama, so don’t miss it! KOFFIA is organised by the Korean Cultural Office. See www.koffia.com.au for session details

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San Diego Asian Film Festival

The 14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF)  was held November 7-16, 2013.   SDAFF is one of the largest showcases of Pan-Asian Cinema in North America with over 120 films premiering from over 20 different countries. For more information please visit www.sdaff.org or contact info@sdaff.org

Recently named by USA Today as one of the 10 reasons to visit San Diego, the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of Pacific Arts Movement (formerly the San Diego Asian Film Foundation), a non-profit media arts organization specializing in Asian and Asian American cinema.

Founded in 2000, the Festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (US Premiere) to luminary independent work like Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family (North American Premiere).

Pacific Arts Movement also presents the SDAFF Spring Showcase, a mini-festival in April, as well as year-round quarterly screenings and community events.

LKFF - THE HOUSEMAID (2010) + Interview with director Im Sang-soo!

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THE HOUSEMAID is a remake of a very popular 60s Korean thriller. It tells the story of a housemaid hired by a very rich family; her main task is taking care of their young daughter, Nami, as her mother is heavily pregnant with twins. Her father is a high power executive, whose sex life with his wife is not going too good, so he becomes involved with the new housemaid.As I have never seen the original, I can't compare. The film's main character, the housemaid Eun-Yi, is easy to empathise with fro...

LKFF - BLADES OF BLOOD (2010) dir Lee Joon-ik

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I am not really sure what BLADES OF BLOOD is about specifically; it tells of an illegitimate son, the blind swordsman who teaches him to sword fight and a guy who killed the father and is trying to protect Korea from the Japanese occupation, whom both the son and blind swordsman want to kill. Long story short, I fell asleep. Literally. Action films are really not my thing, I find them mind-numbing. This does not mean I am adverse to a bit of onscreen violence, it's just that it was predictable....

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...

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...

Contemplations of a Culture-Shocked Movie-Goer

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By Moze Halpernin Those of you who live in Paris have likely noticed the frightening abundance of misery-stricken, wet, baffled, crushed, torn, tempest-tossed Korean widows plastering the Paris metro stations.  Lurking behind every endearingly Parisian puff of urine with that worn mien, waiting to shatter commuters’ iPoded complacency, silently bemoaning the woes, the burdens, the weight of motherhood.  Actually, said Korean widows are just one Korean widow, played by Hye-Ja Kim, sta...

San Diego Asian Film Festival

The SDAFF seeks to exhibit the best in dramatic narative features & shorts, documentary, animation, and experimental that showcase the word of Asian American or international artists.  We strive to connect audiences with the Pan-Asian experience through film.
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