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PIFF Shines Spotlight on Emerging Asian Directors Updated: 2006-10-16 12:00:00 KST

PIFF Shines Spotlight on Emerging Asian Directors
Now, let's turn south to Korea's port city of Busan where the 11th Pusan International Film Festival is in full swing.
Our Son Heekyung had an opportunity to sit down with some up-and-coming Asian directors to hear their views on the most important aspect of film making.

The Pusan International Film Festival not only provides a rare opportunity for spectators to glimpse their favorite stars.
For lesser-known directors, it's the perfect time to spread their name around the industry circles.
And two festival programs, "A Window of Asian Cinema" and "Korean Cinema Today" encourage moviegoers from both home and abroad to pay keener interest to Asian directors' films.
A good example is the Korean director Yoo Ha's "A Dirty Carnival."
Casting the popular actor Cho In-sung, the film delves into the world of the Korean mafia and gangsters and is being screened during the festival.

YOO HA, DIRECTOR OF "A DIRTY CARNIVAL: "I hope people can look back on their lives by watching the film. Audiences can easily relate to my film and I believe it's important to make a film that is natural, close to reality."

Kim Dae-seong is another Korean director falling under the festival spotlight.
He directed festival opener "Traces of Love" which sold out in less than three minutes.
This melodrama, based on the true story of a 1995 department-store collapse in Seoul, is about a man who's devastated after losing his fiancee in the accident.

KIM DAE-SEONG, DIRECTOR OF "TRACES OF LOVE": "I'm so grateful that 'Traces of Love' was chosen as the opening film of the festival and I'm curious to see how the audience reacts after seeing my film."

From Taiwan comes an unconventional film called "Eternal Summer."
Broaching the topic of homosexuality, the film centers around two boys whose relationship develops into something forbidden.
Director Leste Chen says, he wanted to make a film that can be enjoyed by international audiences.

LESTE CHEN, DIRECTOR OF "ETERNAL SUMMER”: "I wanted to talk about two things, sexual discovery and rebelling against the system. I hope the movie brings courage to Asian youths."

Zhang Jiaru's "The Road," high on the list of recommended films, lets filmgoers step into life in China in the 1970s.
The plot revolves around a young ticket clerk on a remote bus route and her struggle to find true love and redemption.

ZHANG JIARU, DIRECTOR OF "THE ROAD": "I believe movies are a way to portraying different cultures and a way of expressing life through visual images."

These are a few of the up-and-coming Asian filmmakers that the annual Pusan film festival is promoting to industry leaders from around the world.

Son Heekyung, Arirang News.
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