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Yu Nan, actress and New Currents jury member at the Pusan Film Festival.

Have you ever been to the Pusan Intl. Film Festival before?
No, I haven’t. But I have always wanted to participate.

What do you feel sets Pusan apart from other fests?
It’s a young festival but increasingly well known and respected. First of all, they take notice of new directors and support them. Even though there is no fixed formula for selecting films, the things they look for in a film are fresh and new.

The festival has the mark of good taste. What are your festival expectations?
I hope to see many different kinds of films, including Chinese films, of course. I am also expecting to see new things, new ideas and to absorb a lot.

What are you most looking forward to?
Seeing quality films from China, Korea and all over Asia, including “Assembly.”

Who’s your favorite Asian filmmaker?
That’s difficult to answer, but to name a few: I admire the films of Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk, Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar Wai, Ang Lee, Hou Hsiao Hsien and others.

How about favorite Asian actor or actress?
There are so many choices. I love the late Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune and the Chinese actresses Gong Li and Maggie Cheung. I think the Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyun is a very sexy actress and has a unique style.

Who are you most looking forward to meeting at the festival?
Director Park Chan-wook. He is a very special and selfconfident person. We met at the Berlin Film Festival once, but we haven’t had much chance to communicate.

Which food are you most looking forward to trying?
I want to try the live octopus.

Where are you going after the fest?
I’ll go back to China to make my next film, “The Traveling Players.”

Can we anticipate running into you at a beach bar during the fest?
Very possible.

What will you be drinking?
I would like to try the Korean liquor Zhen Lu.