Actors feted at Star Summit Asia party

PIFF showcased its stars at the second annual Star Summit Asia party on Tuesday evening at the Grand Hotel.

Attended by industry people instead of young fans, the event was characterized by polite applause rather than the screaming adoration often witnessed at outdoor events. Nonetheless, the presence of stars like Lim Soo-jung (“I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK”), Tatsuya Fujiwara (“Death Note”) and John Cho (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”) attracted small crowds of admiring onlookers in the VIP section on the second level.

Other actors who received engraved awards include Thailand’s Ananda Everingham (“Ploy”), China’s Yu Nan (Berlinale winner “Tuya’s Marriage” as well as “Speed Racer”) and Korean Zo In-sung (“A Dirty Carnival”).

Members of the Casting Board, which showcases up-and-coming stars with potential, included Sei Ashina (Japan, “Silk”), Baek Sung-hyun (Korea, “Romancing Flower”), Kim Ki-bum (Korea, “Attack on the Pin-Up Boys”), Kim Jae-seung (Korea, TV drama “Billie Jean Look at Me”), Haruma Miura (Japan, “Koizora”), Sa Hee (Korea, “Radio Days”), Tong Dawei (China, “Red Cliff”) and Yang Jin-woo (Korea, “Seven Days”).

— Darcy Paquet

Filmmakers toast European Film Promotion

Europe’s best and brightest filmmakers raised a glass in the Grand Hotel to celebrate European Film Promotion’s 10th visit, and its biggest one yet, to the Pusan Intl. Film Festival.

EFP is the Hamburg-based umbrella organization of 27 national film promotional orgs in Europe and the party was a reminder of just how many countries there are in Europe these days. EFP has over 15 sales companies and producers have registered at the EFP office, including Nordisk Film Sales (Denmark), Celluloid Dreams (France), Memento Films Intl. (France) and the Match Factory (Germany) and many of the 21 directors from the continent visiting the festival took to the stage during the festivities.

Among those enjoying Europe’s hospitality were John Badalu from Indonesia Film Festival, Hong Kong producer Pamela Lay, Sundance short film programmer Kimberly Yutani and Norkdisk Film’s PR and marketing manager Nicolai Korsgaard.

— Clifford Coonan