Day Two: From Morning til’ Morning

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BUSAN, South Korea — The second day of the Pusan International Film Festival was a busy one: New Jurors Press Conference at 10 a.m., Won Bin and the Adjusshi cast at noon, Chinese actress Tang Wei and Hyun Bin at 4 p.m., American actor Willem Defoe at 6:30 and finally, Indian beauty Aishwariya Rai and crew at 8:30 p.m.

That, is a full day at PIFF.

While covering the event, the between press conferences is the “long wait”. Waiting for hopefully an on-time guest, or waiting for a hopeful interesting interview.

Perhaps, more interesting is the people outside the interview that you meet. Discussing the current situation of journalism in Asia with the Agence France-Presse reporters; or The Hollywood Reporters trying ridiculously hard to file on time, and not being able to enjoy the festival atmosphere at all.

Then, there are the fans: Korean and foreign, waiting patiently to catch a glimpse of somebody; anybody they think may or may not be famous. Especially the uniformed girls; that being the middle/high school aged — they scream at everyone.

Day 2 at PIFF admittedly was very fun: the Late Autumn interview was jam-packed with reporters, and very congenial to the Director and Chinese actress Tang Wei and Korean actor Hyun Bin. The actress and actor were very courteous in their responses, including Tang Wei winning the hearts of the reporters when responding, “Korea feels like home. I really want to learn Korean to work with them once again. I was afraid I would not be able to show the depth of the character, but it went well.”

At 8:30 p.m., the lovely Aishwarywa Rai, as well as her co-stars Abhishek Bachchan, and Chiyaan Vikram took the stage to a disappointingly smaller press presence.

Director Mani Ratnam was the star of the show in terms of the day’s interviews. He brought great insight into the Indian movie scene, and explainied the difficulties in making two movies at the same time, in two different languages. He has a great vision for the future of Indian cinema, and with India’s rise in stature, the time is ripe for Indian cinema to progress on the world stage.

To finish the evening, the Canadian Spotlight champagne and wine party at the Novotel Ambassador Hotel took place, celebrating Canada’s presence at PIFF, allowing guests to network with other film industry insiders.

Day 3 promises to be a little less hectic, but no less exciting. Get down to Haeundae this weekend to enjoy the festival atmosphere, and catch a movie or two if you can. You won’t be disappointed.

And Finally: Kim Yunjin Video

 

Jeff Liebsch has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Eurobasket, Tribal Football and Yonhap News. He can be followed on Twitter at @chevybusan.

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