The Pusan Intl. Film Festival has announced a record 92 world and international premieres of pics to be presented in its 12th edition, which runs Oct. 4-12.
The 275-title strong lineup includes Roynston Tan’s “881,” Miike Takashi’s “Crows – Episode 0,” Zhang Ming’s “Love Dog,” Yukisada Isao’s “Into the Faraway Sky,” James Lee’s “Waiting for Love” and Korean-American director Michael Kang’s “West 32nd.”
The festival has also introduced a Gala Presentation section that this year will present four films: “881,” Lee Myung-Se’s “M,” Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “Flight of the Red Balloon” and Im Kwon-taek’s “Beyond the Years.”
Special programs will be devoted to Malaysian cinema, Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui (who also serves as jury president), classic Korean actor Kim Seung-ho, and the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang, whom the festival selected as this year’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year.
Hand printings will also be devoted to Mehrjui, Volker Schlondorff, Claude Lelouch, Edward Yang, and Kim Seung-ho.
Meanwhile, the festival announced the launch of the Asia Pacific Actors Network, which under the slogan Beyond Asia will attempt to create a support network for the region’s leading actors.
In addition, in partnership with the Korean Film Archive PIFF will launch the Busan Asian Film Archive to focus on outstanding past and present works from across Asia. With an initial 80 films obtained this year, the archive aims to gather more than 5,000 titles.
As previously announced, the opening and closing films of the festival will be Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s war film “Assembly” and hotly anticipated Japanese animation “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone”.
PIFF New Currents Competition 2007
“A bao a qu” (Japan), Naoki Kato (international premiere)
“Endless Night” (China), Jian Lin Pan (world premiere)
“Flower in the Pocket” (Malaysia), Seng Tat Liew (world premiere)
“God Man Dog” (Taiwan), Singing Chen (world premiere)
“Life Track” (China/S. Korea), Guang Hao Jin (world premiere)
“Milky Way Liberation Front” (South Korea), Yoon Seongho (world premiere)
“My Song Is …” (South Korea), Ahn Seul-ki (world premiere)
“Park & Love Hotel” (Japan), Iziru Kumasaka (international premiere)
“The Red Awn” (China), Shangjun Cai (world premiere)
“Tribe” (Philippines), Jim Libiran (international premiere) “Wonderful Town” (Thailand), Aditya Assarat (world premiere)