PPP ‘Rising’ to occasion

Bumper Pusan project market lineup revealed

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Helmer Jon Amiel’s Vietnam War drama “105 Degrees and Rising” and “Miss Christina,” a Romanian-set period piece by Raul Ruiz, are among projects selected by this year’s Pusan Promotion Plan.

Asia’s first and biggest project market, South Korea’s PPP is expanding to embrace non-Asian pics as it moves under the umbrella of the Pusan Film Festival’s new Asian film market, which runs Oct. 15-18.

Invited projects from other U.S. directors include Korean-American Mora Mi-Ok Stephens’ political thriller “38th Parallel,” about tensions involving North Korea; Abraham Lincoln Lim’s “Hong Kong Hero,” about a Hollywood-based Asian star kidnapped in Kenya; and Maya Lim’s “Seed,” about a woman who communicates with the dead.

Event will have an impressive lineup from Asia, including Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang’s “Faces,” set in the Louvre and starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Maggie Cheung and Lee Kang-sheng; marital drama “Ploy,” from Thailand’s Pen-ek Ratanaruang; Iranian Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “Two-Footed Horse,” about a poor boy hired to carry a lame child to school; Hong Kong director Pang Ho-Cheung’s Kenya-set “One Day of Ibraham”; Japanese helmer Aoyama Shinji’s “Sad Vacation,” about a man reunited with the mother who abandoned him; Chinese director Yang Chao’s “Crosscurrent,” set on the Yangtze River; and 10th-century horror pic “Female Demon,” from Korea’s Ryoo Seung-wan.

A handful of renowned producers will also bring projects to Pusan, including Terrence Chang with the 1930s Shanghai thriller “Blood Brothers,” to be shot in Mandarin by debut helmer Alexi Tan; and Russian helmer Sergej Bodrov, who will produce the French-Kazakh-German-Russian co-production “Baksy.”

Some 36 projects, up from 27 last year, will be pitched to international financiers and producers during the four-day event, which since its launch in 1998 has been instrumental in putting Pusan on the industry map. A variety of cash awards will also be presented.

The Pusan fest runs Oct. 12-20.

Projects chosen for the Pusan Promotion Plan are:

“The Red Earth,” Mei Liselle, Australia/U.S.
“A Thousand Houses of Dream and Terror,” Atiq Rahimi, Afghanistan / France
“Crosscurrent,” Yang Chao, China
“National Day,” Li Hongqi, China
“Out of Control,” Zhang Yuan, China
“The Back,” Liu Bingjian, China/France
“Miss Christina,” Raul Ruiz, U.S.
“Baksy,” Guka Omarova, France/Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia
“Lin Zhong Lu,” Sheng Zhimin, Hong Kong
“One Day of Ibrahim, Pang Ho-cheung, Hong Kong
“Blood Brothers,” Alexi Tan, Hong Kong / U.S.
“Jermal,” Ravi Bharwani, Indonesia
“Answers to Letters,” Parviz Shahbazi, Iran
“Two Footed Horse,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran
“Deja Vu Cities,” Funahashi Atsushi, Japan
“Genius” (Shindo), Hagiuda Koji, Japan
“Sad Vacation,” Aoyama Shinji, Japan
“Winter Lake,” Kim Eun-sook, Korea
“Fartman,” Jang Joon-hwan, Korea
“Cannibalism #1,” Kim Gok, Kim Seon, Korea
“A Laugh From the Duck” (working title), Kim Jeong-nam, Korea
“M” (working title), Lee Myung-se, Korea
“Female Demon,” Ryoo Seung-wan, Korea
“The 38th Parallel,” Mora Mi-Ok stephens, Korea / U.S.
“Hong Kong Hero,” Lim Abraham Lincoln, Korea/U.S.
“Ocean of Ecstasy,” Woo Ming Jin, Malaysia
“Fallen,” Lillian Wang, Singapore
“Faces,” Tsai Ming Liang, Taiwan
“Resurrection,” Chen Leste, Taiwan
“My DNA Says I Love You,” Lee Robin Yun-Chan, Taiwan/Hong Kong/China/Singapore
“Ploy,” Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand
“Pandora’s Box,” Yesim Ustaoglu, Turkey
“The Ballad of Jo Lim,” Richard Jobson, U.K.
“105 Degrees and Rising,” Jon Amiel, U.S.
“Seed,” Lim Maya, U.S.
“The First Rainy Day,” Nguyen Phan Quang Binh, Vietnam

New Directors in Focus, a PPP sub-program aiming at Korean newcomer directors:

“Gold Rush,” Cho Chang-yeol, Korea
“Hyang,” Park Jung-Seon, Korea
“The Epistle of Life,” Son Kwang-ju, Korea
“Ring Wanderung,” Lee Jong Hun, Korea

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