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In-depth report: Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival

Updated: 2014-07-21 20:04:17 (KST)
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When it gets this hot, nothing may be better than a cool movie theater.
And with the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in full swing there's no need to settle for the ordinary.
Park Ji-won joins us to tell us more.
So this is one of Korea's largest film festivals along with others in Busan and Jeonju.

That's right and this marks the 18th annual edition of PiFan.
But PiFan sets itself aside from the pack by being Asia's largest genre film festival, one that specializes in more diverse films ranging from fantasy and sci-fi to horror films.
Pifan this year will feature 210 films from 47 countries.
Let's take a closer look.

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(Korean)
"The list of fantastic film festivals begins in Europe. PiFan is similar in size to Spain's Sitges Film Festival, and we have an amicable relations with them. This year, we focused on discovering and introducing genre films from Latin America, China and Southeast Asia."

From horror movies and thrillers to crime dramas and high concept comedy, there is no shortage of choices for film lovers in Bucheon.

(Korean)
"I am a big movie fan, and this is my third time at PiFan. Although I'm not into thrillers, this film festival has its own unique attractions and colors which is why I'm back again this year."

(English)
"I'm a horror movie fan. I watch every horror film I can find, especially Korean and Asian, and it's a good place to watch films."

Film director Kim Seung-hyuk, whose thriller "Nothing Lost" made this year's World Fantastic Cinema section at PiFan, is thrilled just to be there.

(Korean)
"It's an honor that my film is being presented in PiFan's World Fanstastic Cinema section, which introduces the newest genre films. I used to be a big fan of genre films and never imagined my film would be shown here."

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I know that the festival's focus is on fun and experimental cinema. Give us some recommendations.

Since the general theme of the festival is "love, fantasy and adventure," you don't have to settle for gory films.
There are a great variety ranging from romcom and animation to a variety of milder films.
In its main competition section, 12 films are up for the Puchon Choice award.
A melodramatic horror film from Argentina titled, "Darkness by Day."
It's a love storoy between two vampires.
And this is a Chinese film delving into the world of hypnosis called, "The Great Hypnotist."
It's about a man's mysterious and complex hypnotherapy case.
And the American film, "Time Lapse," is highly recommendable as well.
It's about a camera that takes pictures 24 hours into the future.

How about tickets? I've heard many are already sold out.

Yes, it may be difficult to get tickets online, but if you arrive at PiFan and go to the ticket booth, which opens at 9:30 a.m., about 10 to 20 percent of the tickets are left available for the day.
So if you can get there early enough, you can still get tickets for that day, even if they're sold out online.
The festival runs through this Sunday.

Thanks, Ji-won for the report.


Reporter : jiwonpark@arirang.co.kr

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