Actress Jeon Do-yeon shines in a super-stylish, erotic drama with less depth than it thinks.
Lifeless cross-national romance set in the US is a pointless remake of a South Korean classic.
The Man from Nowhere
Violent revenge movie with well-staged action and offbeat casting.
Under the Hawthorn Tree
A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.
Pascha and Remote Control share Busan awards
South Korean festival maintains high attendance
Jin Roh remake awarded best project in Busan
First look deals for Benito Bautista & Kang Yi-kwan
Asian Project Market tip sheet
Media manipulation, zombies and the apocalypse
Im Kwon-taek to adapt From Powder to Powder
South Korean veteran director to make 102nd film
Shyam Benegal to head APSA jury
Asia Pacific Film Awards finalises jury
Busan opens with Blessing, closes with Dinner
Focus on "New Wave" Central Asian Cinema
Busan fixes New Currents jury
Critics and directors sign up for South Korean festival duties
Busan to host major Im Kwon-taek tribute
South Korean festival to screen 70 films
Korean projects highlights at Busan's APM
New films by Kim Jee-woon and Kang Yi-kwan
Rithy Panh is Busan's Asian Filmmaker of the Year
Contribution to Cambodian film history recognised
Asian Cinema Fund awards 27
Projects include Chatametikool's Concrete Clouds
Busan partners with Venice on micro-budget film
Festivals to cover entire budget of Asian feature
Kim to receive Udine award
One Asian festival salutes another
Busan fixes 2013 dates
South Korean festival maintains ten-day, two-weekend format
Thai experiment wins New Currents
36, 69 and 221,002 are Busan's magic numbers
Busan begins by having a blast
Relaxed ceremony launches 17th festival
Busan to play first 4-D feature
Huayi film expands from zero to multi-dimensional
Busan breaks the ice with Cold War
HK crime thriller opens South Korean festival
New Currents emphasises the new
Busan's Asian competition lineup announced
Tarr called for New Currents jury duty
Busan competition judges assembled
Ripstein heads Flash Forward jury
Prize for non-Asian films to be awarded
Wide Angle juries revealed
Busan preparations crank up
Hayashi to receive Korean award
Filmex director honoured in Busan
Asian Project Market selects 30
Yeon Sang-ho, Wang Xiaoshuai and Royston Tan
Focus Forward touches down at Busan
Competition announced for narrative shorts
Asian Cinema Fund supports 31
South Korean fund supports 14 features and 17 documentaries in 2012
Jia at home in Busan
Chinese director to head Academy
Busan moves closer to French bodies
Agreements reached with UniFrance and Marché du Film
Ties that Bind back for 2012 edition
Udine project market unveils selection
Busan splits New Currents awards
Ceremony was soggy, but spirits were lively
Asian Project Market rewards My Man
Busan financing event keeps producers busy
Busan Market mixed at midway mark
Open plan format earns praise and criticism; Japanese buyer numbers impress
Busan as Asia's film HQ
Oh claims enormous potential and pan-regional role
Mister Lee's big day
Festival director gives midway assessment
Busan welcomes stars, new Cinema Centre
Cool venue copes with warm crowds
Busan market set for growth
New venue allows expansion of sales event
Always and Mother bookend Busan
Boxing romance to open South Korean festival
Busan honours the other Kim
1960s hit-maker Kim Kee-duk receives 8-film tribute
Busan to play Yonfan collection
Restored early works bring touch of sensuality
Tsui is Asian Filmmaker of the Year
Busan festival is latest to pay tribute to HK director and producer
Busan programmes Portuguese masters
Special section is country focus
Armstrong to wrestle Flash Forward jury
Australian director to head Busan decision makers
Busan unveils competition section
New Currents set to demonstrate "amazing aesthetics"
Yonfan to head Busan jury
Festival assembles prestige judging team
Busan unveils 30-title project selection
New name, new orientation for former PPP
Asia Cinema Fund backs diverse slate
Busan support mechanism unveils projects
Busan bosses fly to Okinawa
Japanese comedy festival expands jury
Wong's Grandmaster joins Wild Bunch
French seller makes dual Asian pick-ups
Kiarostami to head Pusan Academy
Festival readies teaching programme, mentors named
Stars attend Kim's last Pusan opening
By Stephen Cremin
Fri, 08 October 2010, 08:40 AM (HKT)
The 15th Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 got underway last night with fireworks and a red carpet ceremony at the Yachting Centre in Busan.
The festival's opening film was the international premiere of Chinese romance Under the Hawthorn Tree 山楂樹之戀 (2010), attended by the film's director, ZHANG Yimou 張藝謀, and its two young stars, ZHOU Dongyu 周冬雨 and Shawn DOU 竇驍.
Earlier, at the film's afternoon press conference, Zhang had described it as an honour to present the opening film at Kim's last festival, reminiscing how in 1999, his Not One Less 一個都不能少 (1999) had been chosen as the closing film at the festival's 4th edition.
Stars in attendance at the ceremony included AN Seong-gi 안성기 | 安聖基 and GANG Su-yeon 강수연 | 姜受延, both longtime supporters of the festival. Newer stars included WON Bin 원빈 and JEON Do-yeon 전도연 | 全度妍, whose most recent films — The Man from Nowhere 아저씨 (2010) and The Housemaid 하녀 (2010) — screen in this year's festival.
Also turning out was Korean superstar JANG Dong-geon 장동건 | 張東健 who became a father earlier this week and who is making his Hollywood debut in a few weeks with the Korea-American production The Warrior's Way 워리어스 웨이 (2010). Chinese star TANG Wei 湯唯 joined the parade ahead of promotional duty for Late Autumn 만추 (2010), another Korean-US co-venture from the same producer. Hollywood heavyweights in Pusan included Willem DAFOE and Oliver STONE along with Juliette BINOCHE.
Despite the festivities and the 3,000 strong crowd the ceremony had a slightly melancholy air too, a reflection perhaps of the imminent ending of the KIM Dong-ho 김동호 | 金東虎 era.
The highlight of the evening was a song performed by friends of the festival director to honour his fifteenth and final year as head of one of the region's most important festivals. Singers included actors HWANG Jeong-min 황정민 | 黃晸玟 and MUN So-ri 문소리 | 文素利.
Before the opening film, the festival premiered the official festival trailer, an animation that depicts Kim Dong-ho (pictured) arriving on a motorbike to the ceremony, developed from a concept by LEE Chang-dong 이창동 | 李滄東.
The festival runs until 15 Oct and will screen 308 films.