Four retrospectives feature Hellman, Argento, Fleischer and Lee Bong-raeOne of the notable elements of PiFAN is the retrospectives of classic B-movie masters. This year the festival features the works of four directors who have developed cult followings. Monte Hellman, one of the program’s directors, is an American legend of B-movies who is best known for his influential connections. He was a student of Roger Corman, a good friend of Francis Ford Coppola and an aesthetic inspiration for cinematic stylists like Park Chan-wook, the director of “Oldboy” and Quentin Tarantino. Starting from early westerns starring Jack Nicholson, including “The Shooting,” he cranked out low-budget masterpieces that led the American independent film movement in the ’60s and ’70s. In “Dario Argento: Italian Horror Master,” the festival puts together four films which are regarded as classics of horror.
Korean director Lee Bong-rae is also featured. His work focuses on the post-war period which he examines with a modernist vision.
“Richard Fleischer: The Fantastic Voyager” is about a director who mixed the genres of documentary, thriller and war movies and used his versatile tastes to create a series of low-budget thrillers that are considered by critics to be some of the best B movies ever made.
By Park Soo-mee Staff Writer [email@example.com]