Pusan plans top Asia helmers

More than 200 projects submitted to PPP

LONDON — Projects by noted Asian helmers including South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk and Lee Chang-dong, and Japanese veteran Shohei Imamura are among 19 selected by this year’s Pusan Promotion Plan to compete for development and production coin.

Now in its fourth year, PPP is an Asian version of the Rotterdam Festival’s CineMart. Eleven countries are repped from Tajikistan to China.

More than 200 projects were submitted to PPP, skedded for Nov. 12-14 and again a part of the Pusan Intl. Film Festival (Nov. 9-17). Both events have been moved a month later this year, partly to avoid the annual clash with Mifed.

“Bow,” the project by Kim (“The Isle”), is a love story between a 16-year-old girl and a 60-year-old man on a desert island. Chang’s “Oasis,” also an offbeat love story, is his first pic since the award-winning “Peppermint Candy.”

Project of the double Cannes Palme d’Or winning Imamura, 75, is “Shinjuku Cherry Blossom Fantasy,” set among hookers and teenage boys in Tokyo’s red-light district during WWII.

A separate lineup of projects, New Directors in Focus, groups eight South Korean directors pitching their first films. The four awards in this new section total $30,000.

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