Good, basic thrill ride that could have had much more dramatic depth.
Flying with You
Fluffy Chinese vehicle for South Korean actress-singer Jang Na-ra is for addicts only.
For Love's Sake
The songs add little to Miike Takashi's well-mounted but routine delinquent drama.
Ambitious but failed attempt at a live-action version of a cult animated short.
Slick, engaging thriller blends cars, crime and characterisation in a fresh way.
Average psychohorror is too much psycho and not enough horror.
A characterful cast and multiple twists keep the criminal capers entertaining.
South Korean films break local admissions record
Only two foreign films in 2013 top ten
Hong Kong cinema's identity crisis
Is localisation the future of Hong Kong film-making?
Catchplay, SSG resolve licensing dispute
Fall out changed Taiwan distribution landscape
Location Face-off: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia
Experience, incentives and facilities attract shoots
Korean cinema, Chinese characteristics
Is the future of South Korean cinema in China?
NAFF awards Baby, Green Field and Ruined Heart!
Stories about the underworld recognised at South Korean project market
Korean directors break BO records in China
Bunshinsaba 2 and Mr. Go find Mainland audiences
Mr. Go hits home run at China box office
South Korea co-production is performing three times better in China
Asian films awarded in Moscow
Major prizes to Asian nominees from Japan and South Korea
China, South Korea ready co-prod treaty
Deal underlines growing industry linkage
NAFF finalises Filipino focus
Seven from Philippines completes project selection
NAFF scores 21
South Korean project market selects genre films
NAFF has submissions boost
South Korean project market sees entries up 50%
NAFF spotlights Philippines
South Korean project market continues support for Southeast Asian cinema
Berlin File opens 15th Udine
Films from China, Japan and South Korea dominate
Bullet, War lead HK Awards nominations
Close race for top titles
Showbox has Edge at home and abroad
Thieves sets opening record for South Korean film in China
Gangster, Mystery top AFA nominations
Hong Kong may lose awards if funding not stabilised
Dubai foregrounds Asian directors
Films from Lee, Blair and Feng take key slots
China takes reigns of Horse Awards
Beijing Blues wins top prize in Taiwan
South Korean films hit record level
Market share and revenues power ahead
Black Nights puts spotlight on Asia
Festival's industry event highlights potential of Asia
Thieves claims South Korea BO record
Heist movie steals show on eve of Busan festival
Mumbai festival promises bigger and better
Indian competition launched, silent section orchestrated
Busan market grows screenings total
Industry focus at Centum City venue
Asia in prestige slots at Hawaii
Sapphires, Thieves figure prominently
Lionsgate drives off with Motorway
Toronto sales for Emperor, Lore
Motorway driven like an Arrow
HK thriller parks in UK
Busan breaks the ice with Cold War
HK crime thriller opens South Korean festival
Thieves laps King, trails Host
South Korean heist movie is highest grossing local film
Toronto plays premiere game
Updated: World firsts dominate lineup
Thieves crosses 10m admissions
South Korean heist movie joins club of six
Thieves holds up 7m mark
Heist movie adds million on Sun-Mon
Thieves continues to steal BO glory
Heist film crosses 4 million admissions in 8 days
PiFan sends Space Brothers into orbit
China's Lee's Adventure also recognised
Thieves steals a march on competition
Super opening for Gianna Jun comeback
Singing a different webtoon
Festival forum focuses on filmic formulae
NAFF cracks for Safebreaker
Genre project market awards prizes
HK Summer fest makes living easy
Line-up unveiled for popular spin-off event
Pifan and NAFF attract big names
Festival underway, presents new prize
Deranged adds to BO furore
Thriller passes landmark, readies US release
Locarno headlines Asian indies
Tributes to Jeonju, Kawase, To
Locarno to honour To
HK director to receive Golden Leopard
Genre market highlights new blood
South Korea's NAFF announces 20 projects
Cannes prizes omit Asia; Haneke earns more Love
Questions asked of festival, industry
Thieves and Oldboy remake sell at Cannes
Japan distributors still hungry; Wild Bunch successful
Speedy sales for Media Asia's Motorway
Hong Kong studio signs Cannes business
Cannes selection is lukewarm on Asia
Two South Korean films in main competition
Buyers run off with Showbox's Thieves
Multi-national thriller tops FilMart lineup
Thieves completes Macau casino raid
Yam joins starry Korean cast
PiFan ceremony rewards Rubber
Fantasy festival plays on for local public
Anomali stalks NAFF project prize
PiFan market boasts meetings record
Project markets agree on co-op deal
HAF and NAFF to boost genre film-making
PiFan lineup announced
Korean fantasy festival opens with Bollywood documentary
NAFF unveils project selections
Genre finance market readies 4th edition
Leafie falls to Dadi in China
Korean animated feature targets day-and-date release
Camera in focus at NAFF awards
The Puchon Award at South Korean project market presented to Singaporean noir
PiFan opens with horror, ends with romance
By Stephen Cremin
Wed, 27 June 2012, 17:00 PM (HKT)
The 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) 부천국제판타스틱영화제 (19-29 July) will open with the world premiere of local omnibus Horror Stories 무서운 이야기 and close with the Asian premiere of MIIKE Takashi 三池崇史's high school musical-romance For Love's Sake 愛と誠.
The eleven-day festival will screen 50 contemporary Asian features this year, in a lineup of approximately 100 new feature films. There are also several retrospectives, including a focus on local comedies from the 1970s and a tribute to local production house Myung Films 명필름.
As in recent years, films from South Korea and Japan dominate PiFan's Asian lineup, each representing one quarter of its contemporary Asian selection. They include OH Young-du 오영두's co-production Young Gun in the Time 探偵ヨンゴン 義手の銃を持つ男, presented at the festival's project market last year.
Outside Japan and South Korea, the strongest selections are from Hong Kong and India, with five films each, and Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia, with three films each. Less well represented are the vibrant genre cinemas of Thailand and the Philippines with just one film from each territory.
China, currently undergoing a renaissance in genre cinema, is represented by only two films, Frant GWO 郭帆 and LI Yang 李陽's ambitious science fiction romance Lee's Adventure 李獻計歷險記 (2011) and ZHANG Li 張蠡's romantic drama Flying with You 一起飛 starring South Korean idol JANG Na-ra 장나라 | 張娜拉.
Of the twelve titles in the "Puchon Choice" feature film competition, four are Asian: Upi's Shackled Belenggu, Soi CHEANG 鄭保瑞's Motorway 車手, MORI Yoshitaka 森義隆's Space Brothers 宇宙兄弟 and SHIOTANI Naoyoshi 塩谷直義's animation Blood-C: The Last Dark 劇場版 ＢＬＯＯＤ−Ｃ Ｔｈｅ Ｌａｓｔ Ｄａｒｋ.
Unusually, there is no film from South Korea competing this year. Seven years after industry figures and academics called for a boycott of the event, the festival still struggles to secure upcoming local releases. Local film studios do co-operate with the festival but only supply films that have already had a theatrical release.
Local films opening in cinemas during the festival, including KIM Ik-ro 김익로's comedy A Millionaire on the Run ５백만불의 사나이 (CJ, 19 July), CHOI Dong-hoon 최동훈 | 崔東勳's starry heist movie The Thieves 도둑들 (Showbox, 25 July) and opening film Horror Stories (Lotte, 26 July).
Two local horrors will likely still be showing in cinemas: PARK Joung-woo 박정우 | 朴正祐's Deranged 연가시 (CJ, 5 July) about a mutant parasite that threatens to wipe out the entire population, and KIM Dong-bin 김동빈's Two Moons 두 개의 달 (Lotte, 12 July) about two strangers who wake up in a basement in a forest.