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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-06-19 12:00:00 KST

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And now it's time for our arts and culture report with Michelle Kim. I hear today she has updates on the Shanghai International Film Festival that opened a couple of days ago and a photo exhibition that's ongoing at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival had its grand opening on June 16th with more than 400 hundred stars not only from China but from Hollywood and Korea as well. Follow me to the opening night ceremony filled with stars, glamour, and of course, films.


A record number of international and Chinese film stars and directors greeted the crowd on the red carpet for the opening of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16th.

More than 400 hundred stars, including Hollywood actor Aaron Eckhart and Korean actor Jang Dong-gun, joined other A-list stars, including Japanese actress HIrosue Ryoko, Korean actress Han Chae-young, and of course, Chinese film stars to shine on the red carpet.

The festival was founded in 1993 and since become the city's best known film industry event.

A number of stars and directors participate in this event to see the winner of the big night, the Golden Goblet Award, which is awarded to the festival's best film, every year.

This year, the jury is led by the acclaimed French director Jean Jacques-Annuad and Chinese actress Li Bingbing.

Shanghai has been hoping to use its annual film festival to introduce and promote Chinese films around the globe and to spark more collaborations between countries in filmmaking.

The Chinese film industry is heavily controlled by the government, as they limit the number of foreign film shown in theaters each year.

This regulation was only eased in February during a visit to the U.S. by China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping.

The Korean film 'Architect 101' was chosen as the closing film for the ceremony on June 24th.
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