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Busan Film Festival Ducks Typhoon, Opens on Celebratory Note

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Busan Film Festival Ducks Typhoon, Opens on Celebratory Note
After a typhoon wiped out Wednesday evening events in Busan and brought back memories of last year’s drenching, organizers of the Busan International Film Festival must be mighty pleased to have got proceedings under way Thursday largely as planned.

Indeed, by the time the opening ceremony got under way around sunset on Thursday the problem was heat and humidity. A slight evening breeze was most welcome as local and international celebrities wafted along the red carpet in the city’s landmark Busan Cinema Center.

The ceremony kicked off with a choir of children that provoked delighted cooing from the audience.

While Korean and Japanese politicians at national level have engaged in one of the most bitter diplomatic rows in years, the Busan festival, no stranger to political intrigues, has deliberately kept its doors open. Not only is the opening film “The Horse Thieves” a Japanese-Kazakh co-production, the festival’s
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Criterion Collection: The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) | Blu-ray Review

For those accustomed to the bittersweet greatest hits of Japanese auteur Yasujirô Ozu’s later period familial dramas, the lesser known 1952 social satire The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice reminds one of a wider range than some of his revered titles would indicate. Seeing as this more obscured title arrived just a year prior to 1953’s ineffably devastating Tokyo Story (review), with its poignant intergenerational rifts, makes the latter title all the more unprecedented. Likewise, the coterie of titles marked by seasonal or time-oriented motifs which would follow in quick succession (Early Spring; Tokyo Twilight; Equinox Flower; Good Morning; Late Autumn; The End of Summer; An Autumn Afternoon) speaks to Ozu’s own dislike for the themes and motifs used here.…
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Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Foundation, and the Korean Cultural Center New York present a special New York Asian Film Festival event: The Us Premiere of ‘Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels’

A Fantasy World Where Korean Gugak Meets Cinema

Saturday June 29th, 2019, 7:00 pm

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center

(1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023)

Tickets: $20 – $50 (On sale Friday May 24th)

Korean Cultural Center New York (Kccny), a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Film at Lincoln Center, and the New York Asian Film Foundation are proud to present “Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels”, a once in-a-lifetime film and concert experience marrying cinema with traditional Korean music (gugak) at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 29th, 2019.

The event features live traditional accompaniment performed by a 20-member ensemble from the National Gugak Center (Ngc), the representative headquarters of Korean traditional performing arts, who will be playing the score for the first time in the Us.

Director Tae-yong Kim, whose past films include “Memento Mori” (1999) and the critically acclaimed “Late Autumn” (2011), Music Director Jun-Seok Bang of
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South Korean film industry forges closer ties with North Korea

Initiatives include new Kofic committee, Peace film festival and line-up of North Korean films at Bifan fest.

South Korea’s film industry is moving towards forging closer ties with North Korea, following the groundbreaking Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula announced April 27.

The Korean Film Council (Kofic) has set up a special committee for North-South Korean film exchange, which was launched on July 5. Following in the footsteps of a similar committee that Kofic operated 2003-2008, before the advent of previous conservative administrations, this new committee is expected to develop exchange projects and symposiums, and is
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Kaguya: Takahata’s Timeless Tale

Following the passing of the Studio Ghibli co-founder, Joe Jeffreys revisits Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya…

Isao Takahata was one of the most seminal voices in the history of Japanese Animation. After co-founding the world-renowned Studio Ghibli with Hao Miyazaki in 1985, his work went onto include the devastating masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies (1988), the beautifully melancholic Only Yesterday (1991), the oft overlooked Pom Poko (1994) and the divisive yet utterly unique My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999).

Each of these stories was utterly different from the last; each showcased Takahata’s keen understanding of human nature. He possessed an innate ability to connect audiences with his characters, to meld aspects of reality with fantasy, supposed fact with supposed fiction. Takahata always appeared, at least to me, to be the creator of more filmic, more pointed, more mature companions to the rest of Ghibli’s vibrant canon. A man who sought to craft experiences beyond animation.
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 60 – Late Ozu [Part 3]

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This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this final episode of a three-part series (and perhaps the podcast itself), David and Trevor are joined by Matt Gasteier to discuss two films (Late Autumn and The End of Summer) from Eclipse Series 3: Late Ozu.

About the films:

Master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu directed fifty-three feature films over the course of his long career. Yet it was in the final decade of his life, his “old master” phase, that he entered his artistic prime. Centered more than ever on the modern sensibilities of the younger generation, these delicate family dramas are marked by an exquisite formal elegance and emotional sensitivity about birth and death, love and marriage, and
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Filmadrid & Mubi: The Video Essay—"永遠の処女 - The Eternal Virgin"

The Video Essay is a joint project of Mubi and Filmadrid Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both Mubi and Filmadrid will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The seven selected works will be shown during the dates of Filmadrid (June 8 - 17, 2017) on Mubi’s cinema publication, the Notebook. Also there will be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of Mubi and Filmadrid.永遠の処女 · The Eternal VirginVideo essay by Jorge Suárez-Quiñones RivasThe understanding of domestic,
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[Cannes Review] After the Storm

Can our children pick and choose the personality traits they inherit, or are they doomed to obtain our lesser qualities? These are the hard questions being meditated on in After the Storm, a sobering, transcendent tale of a divorced man’s efforts to nudge back into his son’s life. Beautifully shot by regular cinematographer Yutaka Yamasaki, it marks a welcome and quite brilliant return to serious fare for writer-editor-director Hirokazu Kore-eda following last year’s Our Little Sister, widely regarded as one of the slightest works of his career thus far.

Recent Kore-eda regular Abe Hiroshi plays Ryota, a prize-winning author struggling to live up to the success of his first novel. He’s a father of one, a gambling addict, and probably a bit of an asshole. We learn the man’s been researching for his follow-up book by moonlighting as a private eye. The job adds an
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Watch a Video Essay Dissecting Yasujirô Ozu’s Uniform Style

If few living cineastes — save for, let’s say, David Bordwell — have a really solid grasp of Yasujirô Ozu, it’s not for lack of interest — nor even that the movies are impenetrable puzzles, like some social-realist Japanese Shane Carruth. (I sometimes wonder if that’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa, but let’s not go there right now.) It’s really a compliment to their singular vision, the assurance that what you’re watching (be it Late Autumn or Tokyo Story or There Was a Father) comes from the same man who made three other titles you’ve recently seen. The question is not in the “how” something is made; it’s the “why” with regard to what’s being presented in this particular manner.

You won’t come away from Lewis Bond‘s video essay, The Simplicity of Ozu, knowing as much about his oeuvre as Bordwell, and that’s all
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NYC Weekend Watch: Free Classics, ‘Autumn Sonata,’ Georges Méliès, ‘Late Autumn’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Want to see great movies for free? This Friday, Lincoln Center brings Film Foundation-restored titles to you at no cost. Ford‘s Drums Along the Mohawk, Scorsese‘s The King of Comedy, John M. Stahl‘s Leave Her to Heaven, Fosse‘s All That Jazz, Donen‘s Two for the Road,
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Busan unveils New Currents Jury; top 10 Asian films

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Busan unveils New Currents Jury; top 10 Asian films
South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.

The Golden Bear-nominated 20 30 40, which Chang directed and acted in, screened in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema section in 2004.

She has also helped discover and produce for new directing talents who previously included Ann Hui and Edward Yang.

Joining her on the jury: Indian director Anurag Kashyap, whose critically-acclaimed innovative works include Black Friday, Dev.D and Gangs of Wasseypur I & II; German actress Nastassja Kinski, whose films include Roman Polanski’s Tess and Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Korean director Kim Tae-yong, whose films include Memento Mori, Family Ties and Late Autumn; and Village Voice chief film critic Stephanie Zacharek.

The jury will award $30,000 each to two films in the competition for new Asian directors.

Biff will run Oct 1-10 with the Asian Film Market running Oct 3-6 this year.

Asian
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Joshua Reviews Boo Ji-young’s Cart [Nyaff 2015 Review]

When one thinks of Korean cinema, it may take more than a few minutes to get to the discussion of female filmmakers. Names like Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook and arguably the most beloved of all Korean auteurs, Hong Sangsoo, will lead any conversation about this part of world film. That will all change if this year’s New York Asian Film Festival has any say in the matter.

As part of the 2015 festivities, the festival is highlighting women filmmakers in Korea, while shining a direct light on someone arguably even more powerful. As head of Myung Films, producer Shim Jae-myung is the central focus of the festival’s sidebar: Myung Films: Pioneers and Women Behind The Camera in Korean Film. Nyaff 2015 screened a handful of the producer’s greatest achievements, such as Ki-duk’s brilliant The Isle, but the real highlight comes in one of the studio’s recent releases,
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Kim Dong-ho busy in his “retirement”

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Kim Dong-ho busy in his “retirement”
Supposedly retired, former Biff director Kim Dong-ho still works with the festival, heads a presidential committee and is running a cinematic graduate school at Dankook University.

As we got on the elevator at the Grand Hotel the other day, a Busan film fest regular greeted Kim Dong-ho saying, “Oh, hello, Mr. Kim! Busy in your retirement?” Probably only half joking because almost all the regulars know Busan’s founding festival director can barely be described as retired.

Although he ostensibly, officially left the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) after the 2010 edition, Kim has continued to play a part as honorary festival director welcoming guests, travelling to other festivals, and occasionally smoothing out problems for the organisation. By the end of this year, he will have gone to at least eight overseas festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Locarno.

At the Opening Night reception this year, the French government awarded him the Chevalier dans l’Order National de la Legion
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Busan Film Festival opens in style

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Busan Film Festival opens in style
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) opened with a star-studded red carpet and a conciliatory anti-war undercurrent to proceedings, which included the world premiere of Doze Niu Chen-Zer’s Paradise In Service.

Set in the late 1960s, the coming-of-age film looks through a young Taiwanese army recruit’s eyes at people dispersed and marked by two wars – one with the Japanese following their occupation of much of Asia and one with mainland China’s Communists in a conflict that was continuing into the Cold War.

Played by Ethan Juan, the recruit starts out in an elite squad of frogmen, but is kicked out to work in Unit 831 or “Paradise in Service”, a military brothel teeming with drama.

Director Niu and his film’s stars were on the red carpet with prominent guests including: New Currents jury head Asgar Farhadi; this year’s Asian Film Academy dean Bela Tarr; veteran director Im Kwon-taek with his Revivre stars Kim
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18th PiFan opens with Stereo

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18th PiFan opens with Stereo
The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with German film Stereo; this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.

The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.

Selected by PiFan and the Korean Film Producers Association (Kfpa), the Producers’ Choice Awards go to “the most recognized actors with outstanding careers in Korea” each year. The awards were started in 2012 and have guaranteed top stars on the PiFan opening night red carpet annually.

Previously seen in romances such as Lee Yoon-ki’s Come Rain, Come Shine and Kim Tae-yong’s Late Autumn, Hyun was most recently in historical thriller The Fatal Encounter.

Son’s credits include hits such as The Art Of Seduction, April Snow and My Wife Got Married. She also stars in the upcoming sea-faring adventure
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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
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Lotte adds three for Busan slate

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Lotte adds three for Busan slate
Line-up includes Memories Of The Sword, set to star Lee Byung-hun.

South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment is launching sales on three new additions to its line-up at Busan’s Asian Film Market. The slate is led by Park Heung-shik’s highly anticipated Memories Of The Sword, starring Lee Byung-hun [pictured] from Red 2 and Masqeurade and Jeon Do-youn from The Housemaid and Secret Sunshine.

Set at the turbulent end of the Goryeo dynasty, the martial arts piece also stars Kim Go-eun, the ingenue from Eungyo, and Lee Joon-ho – also known as Junho from the K-pop group 2Pm - who recently featured in surveillance thriller Cold Eyes. The film is set for release in the second half of 2014.

Lotte’s second new addition is The King’s Wrath (working title), a historical action piece about palace intrigues during King Jeong-jo’s reign in the Joseon dynasty. The film is directed by Lee Jae-gyu, well-known for hit
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Tokyo Story

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, the 1953 classic drama Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring).

The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores.

Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu (There Was a Father) and Setsuko Hara (Late Autumn), Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring themes of generational conflict, creating one of the great works of the international cinema.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD of the movie contain the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on
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New trailer for Machete Kills

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The first Machete was a whole lot of insane fun, and judging by this trailer, director Robert Rodriguez is upping the ante for the sequel, pitching Danny Trejo's anti-hero as a sort of Mexican James Bond, though with more beheadings and gadgets that just end up being knives. Mel Gibson seems to be hamming it up big time as the cackling super villain (I love that his 60's inspired space suit has a cape), and all of this looks ridiculous, over the top, and most of all, fun!!! via Comic Book Movie Synopsis:Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Released: October
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Director and Actress Duos: The Best, Overlooked, and Underrated

Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.

The criteria for this article is as follows: The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.

One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the
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