Movie elite flock to Pusan festival
Some 2,000 filmmakers, actors and moviegoers filled the Suyeongman Yacht Center near Haeundae beach for the opening. The lineup on the red carpet included stars from both home and abroad, from world-acclaimed film music composer Ennio Morricone to celebrated Korean filmmakers Im Kwon-taek and Lee Chang-dong.
Actress Moon So-ri and director Jang Joon-hwan, a married couple, hosted the ceremony, which was followed by the screening of the opening film, “Assembly,” by the Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. Korean harmonica player Jeon Jae-deok played Morricone’s well-known tunes during the opening ceremony, paying homage to the composer. Some 140 journalists from 17 countries are covering the festival.
The opening film is based on the 1948 civil war in China and tells the story of a soldier who is tormented by his actions.
The festival is the most successful of its kind in Korea and arguably in Asia. This year, 275 films from 64 countries will be screened. That 66 of the films are premiering at the event, the most in the festival’s history, is a sign of its growing status. The festival is scheduled to end next Friday.
By Lee Hoo-nam JoongAng Ilbo/ Chun Su-jin Staff Writer