BUSAN, South Korea – In a rare occurrence, there is no opening or closing Korean film at the Busan International Film Festival. First-time directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk's Cold War, a Hong Kong action police thriller starring Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, and Tony Leung Ka Fai, has been chosen to open the event, which gets underway October 4.
The move sparks a new wave of diversity to the festival according to organizers, hoping to highlight more Asian films at the festival instead of focusing on Korean cinema.
This year's event features 304 movies from 75 countries, including 93 world premieres. Another added change was an extra day to include another weekend.
This year's opening event will be opened by none other than famed Chinese actress Tang Wei, who is making her third consecutive appearance at the festival, but first as host: the first non-Korean to boast such a claim. She gained international fame with her role in Lust, Caution and was selected as one of Variety’s up-and-coming stars under 20 in 2007. She visited the Busan International Film Festival with her film Late Autumn in 2010 and Xu Xia in 2011.
Currently scheduled to appear at the 17th edition of the festival are Chinese actresses Zhang Zhiyi and Cecilia Cheung, actors Simon Yam, Aaron Kwok, and Tony Leung Ka Fai, Australian actress Teresa Palmer, Spanish actress Victoria Abril, French actress Agnes Jaoui, Japanese actor Kase Ryo and Korean actor Jang Dong-gun.
Television, by Bangladesh director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, will close the festival on October 13.
The 17th version of the Busan International Film Festival is nearing its return, and we at Busan Haps are here to give you everything you need to know about what’s going on at the festival. From ticket information, movie reviews, to where and what to see around the festival, we’ve got you covered with the Busan Haps BIFF Guide. Every year, around 200,000 film aficionados descend upon the city to the ten day movie extravaganza. This year promises to be bigger and better, and we’ll keep you updated as the information comes in on the latest happenings on the festival.
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