Japanese actor Ken Watanabe and Korean actress Moon Sori will act as hosts for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Busan International Film Festival. The meeting of the two world-renowned actors, representative figures from Japan and Korea, embody a dynamic combination. Watanabe Ken and Moon Sori will open the Busan International Film Festival on October 2, 2014.
Watanabe is the third international figure to hold the mic at the Busan International Film Festival following Tang Wei in 2012 and Aaron Kwok in 2013. He is Japan’s most-loved actor who has also carved a place for himself in the international film industry. His popularity has grown immensely worldwide due to appearances in Batman Begins (2005), Memoirs of a Geisha (2006), and Inception(2010). Unforgiven (2013) starring Watanabe was presented in the Gala Presentation section at the Busan International Film Festival in 2013. Watanabe makes his second visit to Busan to host the opening ceremony this year.
Since the bold impression in her screen debut in Peppermint Candy (1999), by Lee Chang-dong, The Great Actress has been the definition of Moon Sori. Moon Sori shot to international fame by winning the Best New Actress at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival with Oasis (2002) by Lee Chang-dong. Her acting career spans from Korea to international screens and has helped elevate the status of the Korean film industry. Moon Sori also hosted the 12th Busan Film Festival opening ceremony with her husband, Director Jang Joon-hwan in 2007.
Starting with the declaration of hosts of the opening ceremony with Watanabe Ken and Moon Sori, the 19th Busan International Film Festival will gradually unveil its news of the event.