Curtain drops on Busan Film Festival
The 10-day Busan International Film Festival closed Saturday after demonstrating its growing stature as Asia’s largest film event.
The festival concluded with a screening of “Television,” a family-focused movie directed by Mostafa Farooki from Bangladesh (above).
In a departure from previous festivals, which usually opened or closed with Korean films, this year’s opening film was the Hong Kong crime thriller “Cold War,” featuring big-name Chinese stars Aaron Kwok, Leung Tony Ka-fai and Andy Lau.
Asian starlets and filmmakers turned out in full force. They included Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Tang Wei, Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa and actor Kase Ryo.
A total of 304 films from 75 countries were screened at this year’s festival, the 17th in its series. Ninty-three of them were world premieres and 39 international premieres.
A record 223,000 people attended the festival, according to a preliminary tally by the organizers.