BIFF 2012 Review: Jeon Soo-il's Languid EL CONDOR PASA

A regular staple at the Busan Film Festival, Jeon Soo-il is a local filmmaker whose body of work has steadily brought him acclaim and accolades from around the world. He is not as famous as some of the more prominent... More »

BIFF 2012 Interview: FATAL Director Lee Donku Talks Violent Sex Crimes, Working in a Bathhouse, and Respect Towards Women

One of the most talked-about films this year at the Busan International Film Festival was the low-budget debut feature Fatal, which screened as part of the event's signature 'New Currents' competition. It's a section of the festival reserved for first... More »

BIFF 2012 Review: Political Torture Drama NATIONAL SECURITY is Intense and Gripping

Corruption, injustice and terror have always been a sad reality of politics. Over the years, many filmmakers have gone to great lengths (sometimes even putting their lives in peril) in a bid to give a voice to the victims of... More »

BIFF 2012: Awards Announced, JISEUL Picks Up 3

The 17th Busan International Film Festival just held its Closing press conference at which the award winners of the event were announced. Festival director Lee Yong-Kwan was in attendance along with the following Jury members: Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio; David... More »

BIFF 2012 Review: PLUTO Signals the Arrival of a Brilliant New Talent

Film festivals can be a great place to catch up with big films from established luminaries of world cinema but for the ardent cinephile, the most exciting thing is to make a fresh discovery. With patience and some discerning selecting,... More »

BIFF 2012 Review: Lee Dong-ku's FATAL Is a Blistering Debut

Fragile and ephemeral, life is a series of moments, of complicated and random connections that constitute the fabric of our character. Each decision we make affects our path irrevocably: our actions may not always be consequential but they are nonetheless... More »

BIFF 2012 Review: Strong Performances Can't Save Revenge Flick AZOOMA

When exploring Korean cinema, you can't go very far without bumping into a revenge thriller. Park Chan-wook's 'Vengeance' trilogy and Kim Jee-woon's A Bittersweet Life (2005) are just a few of the more high profile examples. However, of late, this... More »

BIFF 2012 Review - Sex, Sex and More Sex in Park Chul-soo's B·E·D

A small and sensual chamber piece, Park Chul-soo's new feature B·E·D (his 27th) brings to mind Green Chair (2005), his most significant work of the last decade. However, whereas that erotic film was a fascinating study of an unconventional relationship, Park's new film can't... More »

BIFF 2012 Review - E J-yong Out in Front for BEHIND THE CAMERA

E J-yong's new feature Behind the Camera is a follow-up to his popular mockumentary Actresses (2009), which featured famous stars playing themselves as they took part in a Vogue shoot. That film poked fun at Korea's entertainment industry and its... More »

BIFF 2012 Review: MAI RATIMA Marks an Impressive Debut from Yoo Ji-tae

Directorial debuts arrive with a weight of expectation, but especially when they come from a major thespian making his first foray behind the camera. Yoo Ji-tae is one of Korea's most well-known actors, he is a celebrity whose marriage last... More »

BIFF 2012 Review: COLD WAR Proves a Disappointing Opener

If Cold War, the opening film of this year's Busan International Film Festival, is heralding a new paradigm for commercial Hong Kong Cinema, then I can't say that it's something I'm very excited about.  Over-produced and austere, it features strong... More »
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