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  • PiFan Announces Packed 17th Edition
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jun 20, 2013
  • HA Jung-woo Thriller THE TERROR LIVE Will Close Fest
     
    Next month, the Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) will descend on the Seoul suburb for its 17th edition. Representing the best in genre cinema, 230 films from 44 countries, including 53 world premieres, 17 international premieres and 47 Asian premieres, will unspool from July 18th to 28th.
     
    Opening the festival will be The Congress, Ari Folman’s follow-up to Waltz with Bashir (2008). Closing the event on the 26th will be the world premiere of The Terror Live, a new thriller starring HA Jeong-woo and director by KIM Byeong-u that has come full circle following its participation in NAFF (Network of Asian Fantastic Films) as a project back in 2009.
     
    A number of brand new Korean films, as well as some recent hits, are featured prominently throughout the program. These include JANG Chul-soo’s wildly popular Secretly Greatly, which will compete in the Puchon Choice competition. Other recent Korean works include Miracle in Cell No. 7, Southbound, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips and Horror Stories II, following the original serving as PiFan’s opening film last year.
     
    New works of Korean genre cinema include sex comedy The Bluff from GONG Ja-gwan, KIM Joon-kwan’s Go, Stop, Murder, prolific indie filmmakers WHANG Cheol-mean’s Oldmen Never Die, RYU Hoon’s wacky Southern Superhero Showdown and SEO Seoung-man’s The Truth in the World Fantastic Cinema section.
     
    Many more Korean film appear in other sections, including a program devoted to the work of the Korean Academy of Film Arts, which will comprise both shorts and features such as End of Animal (2010) and Bleak Night (2011).
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