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Pusan to feature Asian superheroes

Festival runs October 2-10

SEOUL – Asian superheroes will be put in the spotlight at the upcoming Pusan festival as one of its many thematic sections.

Fest (Oct 2-10, 2008) announced Thursday that it will present 11 superhero movies under the title of “Superheros in Asia.”

Other special sections include “Ani Asia! A Leap of Asian Feature Animation 3,’ set to unspool nine Asian animated features.

The fest will also highlight Romanian films under ‘Romanian New Wave’ banner, while a total of 8 films by Italian directors Taviani brothers will be screened at a retrospective.

‘Music Videos by Asian Film Directors’ will showcase music works by helmers including Wisit Sasanatieng, Ho Yuhang, Yasmin Ahmad and Yamashita Nobuhiro.

The ‘2008 Asian Omnibus Collection’ will focus on the recent blooming of omnibus film projects, in which a variety of Asian directors including Choi Yang-il, Sakamoto Junji and Yongyuth Thongkongtoon have participated.

For ‘Korean Cinema Retrospective’, one of the key directors from the 1950s, Han Hyung-mo will be honored with 6 films, while maverick director Kim Ki-young’s digitally restored “The Housemaid” and an overlooked work “Ban Geum-ryun” will be screened to commemorate Kim’s death 10 years ago.

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