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  • The 15th edition of the Pusan (now Busan) International <strong>Film</strong> Festival, the largest <strong>film</strong> festival in Asia, was a transitional year in many senses.  First, Kim Dong-ho, the long-time founder of the festival who was the face of the festival, his avuncular, <strong>greg</strong>arious presence a ubiquitous fixture, decided to retire from the festival, handing the reins to his co-director Lee Yong-kwan.  Second, it was announced sometime before the festival that it w...

    The best films of the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival

    Christopher Bourne The 15th edition of the Pusan (now Busan) International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia, was a transitional year in many senses.  First, Kim Dong-ho, the long-time founder of the festival who was the face of the festival, his avuncular, gregarious presence a ubiquitous fixture, decided to retire from the festival, handing the reins to his co-director Lee Yong-kwan.  Second, it was announced sometime before the festival that it w...

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  • A clay figure set scene from “The Missing Picture,” nominated for Best Foreign Language <strong>Film</strong> at the 2014 Academy Awards. (photo courtesy of the BFI London <strong>Film</strong> Festival)   Rithy Panh looked at the various gadgets I had placed on the table in front of me and sighed.  A tablet device with an audio recording app, and a camcorder with a separate microphone and pocket tripod served as yet another reminder that the clock is ticking i...

    A Rithy Panh interview: “The Missing Picture” and Cambodian cinema

    Yuan-Kwan Chan A clay figure set scene from “The Missing Picture,” nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards. (photo courtesy of the BFI London Film Festival)   Rithy Panh looked at the various gadgets I had placed on the table in front of me and sighed.  A tablet device with an audio recording app, and a camcorder with a separate microphone and pocket tripod served as yet another reminder that the clock is ticking i...

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  • ...in his directorial debut, “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam.” (photo courtesy of the Busan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival)   In a mockumentary capturing the Bruce Lee post-death frenzy of cashing in on the suddenly popular martial arts genre – the 2007 Justin Lin <strong>film</strong> “Finishing the Game” – the actor Dustin Nguyen plays the actor Troy Poon, who just wants a role that requires more work than pointing a gun or a single line such as, “That...

    A Dustin Nguyen interview: Transforming Vietnamese film

    Yuan-Kwan Chan ...in his directorial debut, “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam.” (photo courtesy of the Busan International Film Festival)   In a mockumentary capturing the Bruce Lee post-death frenzy of cashing in on the suddenly popular martial arts genre – the 2007 Justin Lin film “Finishing the Game” – the actor Dustin Nguyen plays the actor Troy Poon, who just wants a role that requires more work than pointing a gun or a single line such as, “That...

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  • Editor’s note: “Closed Curtain” screens at the <strong>Film</strong> Forum in New York for two weeks, beginning Wed., July 9, 2014.  For more information, go to http://<strong>film</strong>forum.org/<strong>film</strong>/closed-curtain. In “This Is Not a <strong>Film</strong>,” Jafar Panahi’s 2011 semi-documentary feature, which he made shortly after a 20-year ban from <strong>film</strong>making was imposed on him for supposed subversive anti-government activities, Panahi describes and maps out in detail an id...

    “Closed Curtain” – 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival Review

    Christopher Bourne Editor’s note: “Closed Curtain” screens at the Film Forum in New York for two weeks, beginning Wed., July 9, 2014.  For more information, go to http://filmforum.org/film/closed-curtain. In “This Is Not a Film,” Jafar Panahi’s 2011 semi-documentary feature, which he made shortly after a 20-year ban from filmmaking was imposed on him for supposed subversive anti-government activities, Panahi describes and maps out in detail an id...

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  • Those who were lucky enough to attend a free question-and-answer session with <strong>Greg Pak</strong> at the 2010 Philadelphia Asian American <strong>Film</strong> Festival were treated to an extensive oral history of the many hats that <strong>Pak</strong> has worn – or continues to wear – to date in his professional life.  He has degrees from Yale (political science), Oxford (history, as a Rhodes Scholar) and NYU (<strong>film</strong>).  He was a stand-up comedian for a number of years.  He even worked for...

    Marvel writer Greg Pak unveils new comic in Philadelphia

    Yuan-Kwan Chan Those who were lucky enough to attend a free question-and-answer session with Greg Pak at the 2010 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival were treated to an extensive oral history of the many hats that Pak has worn – or continues to wear – to date in his professional life.  He has degrees from Yale (political science), Oxford (history, as a Rhodes Scholar) and NYU (film).  He was a stand-up comedian for a number of years.  He even worked for...

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  • “Recession? What recession?” This was the message of the 2009 Pusan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival (PIFF) in South Korea, which bucked the current trend of other festivals that have felt compelled to cut back and offer fewer amenities to journalists (Tribeca, I’m talking to you). This year, PIFF unveiled its biggest slate ever: 355 <strong>film</strong>s from 70 countries, sprawled out in two far-apart areas of Busan – Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong. This was my...

    My recap of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival

    Christopher Bourne “Recession? What recession?” This was the message of the 2009 Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in South Korea, which bucked the current trend of other festivals that have felt compelled to cut back and offer fewer amenities to journalists (Tribeca, I’m talking to you). This year, PIFF unveiled its biggest slate ever: 355 films from 70 countries, sprawled out in two far-apart areas of Busan – Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong. This was my...

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  • ...with that much energy and creativity are few and far between here in Seattle, so I’ve always checked out Doug’s <strong>film</strong>s. <strong>Film</strong>makers often look down upon his work; it’s that whole MFA vs. BFA thing (I’ve always been told by MFAs that I couldn’t get my <strong>film</strong>s/videos shown because I was lacking the “degree in IT, meaning <strong>film</strong>making.”) So, here goes my interview with Doug Ing, <strong>film</strong>maker: IHK: Where were you born? DI: I was born in Honolulu,...

    The World of Doug Ing

    I.H. Kuniyuki ...with that much energy and creativity are few and far between here in Seattle, so I’ve always checked out Doug’s films. Filmmakers often look down upon his work; it’s that whole MFA vs. BFA thing (I’ve always been told by MFAs that I couldn’t get my films/videos shown because I was lacking the “degree in IT, meaning filmmaking.”) So, here goes my interview with Doug Ing, filmmaker: IHK: Where were you born? DI: I was born in Honolulu,...

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  • The 2008 Pusan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival revisited two of Kim Ki-young’s <strong>film</strong>s as part of its “Archeology of Korean Cinema” retrospective. One of these was Kim’s undoubtedly most famous work, “The Housemaid,” which screened in a new digital restoration that premiered at the 2008 Cannes <strong>Film</strong> Festival. One of the enduring classics of Korean cinema, Kim’s 1960 expressionist masterpiece was first rediscovered, along with his other works, at the 2n...

    Kim Ki-young’s “The Housemaid” ( 하녀 ) – 2008 Pusan International Film Festival Review

    Christopher Bourne The 2008 Pusan International Film Festival revisited two of Kim Ki-young’s films as part of its “Archeology of Korean Cinema” retrospective. One of these was Kim’s undoubtedly most famous work, “The Housemaid,” which screened in a new digital restoration that premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. One of the enduring classics of Korean cinema, Kim’s 1960 expressionist masterpiece was first rediscovered, along with his other works, at the 2n...

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  • Naomi Kawase directed her first short <strong>film</strong> in 1988 while studying at the Osaka School of Photography (now the Osaka School of Visual Arts), where she received her initial training as a <strong>film</strong>maker. The title, “I Focus on That Which Interests Me,” could describe the aim of any <strong>film</strong>maker who strives to create works with a personal vision and voice. But the fact that Kawase gave her <strong>film</strong> such a direct and rather bold title says quite a bit, perhaps,...

    An interview with Naomi Kawase, director of “The Mourning Forest”

    Christopher Bourne Naomi Kawase directed her first short film in 1988 while studying at the Osaka School of Photography (now the Osaka School of Visual Arts), where she received her initial training as a filmmaker. The title, “I Focus on That Which Interests Me,” could describe the aim of any filmmaker who strives to create works with a personal vision and voice. But the fact that Kawase gave her film such a direct and rather bold title says quite a bit, perhaps,...

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  • ...ns is that it is impossible to see more than a tiny fraction of them. My press pass allowed me a maximum of four <strong>film</strong>s a day, which is pretty much the limit one can maintain and still allow yourself reasonable rest and time to do other things, not to mention retaining your sanity. So putting together any kind of list of the best <strong>film</strong>s of the Pusan International <strong>Film</strong> Festival (PIFF) is probably the height of folly; still, I want to highlight some...

    From a packed Pusan lineup, a Top 10 film list emerges

    Christopher Bourne ...ns is that it is impossible to see more than a tiny fraction of them. My press pass allowed me a maximum of four films a day, which is pretty much the limit one can maintain and still allow yourself reasonable rest and time to do other things, not to mention retaining your sanity. So putting together any kind of list of the best films of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is probably the height of folly; still, I want to highlight some...

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