The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

PiFan 2013: World Fantastic Cinema

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The wonderfully titled ‘World Fantastic Cinema’ section in the upcoming Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) features a truly eclectic range of films from a host of countries. With horrors, thrillers, dramas, romance and comedies on offer, there is certainly something for everyone in the line-up.

There are seven feature films from Korea within the category, including some mainstream releases as well as a focus on new talent, all of which are profiled below.

Alternatively, if you wish to see the features on the opening/closing films or the Puchon Choice categories, please click on the link(s) to be taken to the relevant page.

The Bluff (허풍)

The Bluff (허풍)

The Bluff (허풍)

Director: Gong Ja-gwan (공자관)

Synopsis: When four friends gather for a reunion, the small talk eventually gives way to more sexual topics of conversation. A game of bluffs begins, as the friends attempt to get to know each other more deeply than ever before.

Go, Stop, Murder (고스톱 살인)

Go, Stop, Murder (고스톱 살인)

Go, Stop, Murder (고스톱 살인)

Director: Kim Joon-kwon (김준권)

Synopsis: Popular game ‘go, stop’ becomes horririfc in this thriller, as a group of players in the countryside start to die one-by-one. Yet when a substitute player is brought in, he begins to think that the game itself is the source of the problem.

Horror Stories 2 (무서운 이야기2)

Horror Stories 2 (무서운 이야기2)

Horror Stories 2 (무서운 이야기2)

Directors: Jeong Beom-sik (정범식), Kim Hwi (김휘), Kim Seong-ho (김성호), Min Gyu-dong (민규동)

Synopsis: The first Horror Stories film opened PiFan 2012, so it’s perhaps only fitting that the sequel features in the line-up as well. Horror Stories 2 follows in the same footsteps as its predecessor, as three short scary tales are framed within another fourth. The Cliff involves two friends who find trouble in a mountain; Pain of Death features horrors set in the countryside; and Escape is concerned with a teacher who must deal with the consequences of some bad advice. See below for the trailer.

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (남자사용설명서)

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (남자사용설명서)

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (남자사용설명서)

Director: Lee Won-seok (이원석)

Synopsis: Released back in February this year, director Lee’s How to Use Guys with Secret Tips garnered some impressive reviews from both Korean and foreign critics alike. In a case of extremely bad timing however, the film failed to set the box office alight as it went toe-to-toe with The Berlin File and Miracle in Room No. 7. The film follows unlucky-in-love Bo-na, a Tv commercial assistant director, who discovers a tape featuring instructions on how to seduce and manipulate men. But can she find true love? See below for the trailer.

Oldmen Never Die (죽지않아)

Oldmen Never Die (죽지않아)

Oldmen Never Die (죽지않아)

Director: Hwang Cheol-min (황철민)

Synopsis: In order to inherit his grandfather’s fortune, Ji-hun became a farmer to impress the old man with his labor skills and determination. Yet bizarrely the old man simply refuses to die, while the arrival of a challenger threatens Ji-hun’s plans.

Southern Superhero Showdown (촌능력전쟁)

Southern Superhero Showdown (촌능력전쟁)

Southern Superhero Showdown (촌능력전쟁)

Director: Ryu Hoon (류훈)

Synopsis: The brilliantly titled Southern Superhero Showdown features an unemployed young man named Ho-bang, who accidently discovers a strange village where everyone has superpowers. The paradox however is that the village is seemingly inescapable.

The Truth (진실)

The Truth (진실)

The Truth (진실)

Director: Seo Seung-man (서승만)

Synopsis: This 93 minute fiction blurs the lines between performance and reality through a story featuring stage actors. When weapons are brandished and characters die on stage, what really is going on?

For the full line-up of films in the PiFan World Fantastic Cinema category, please head over to the PiFan site by clicking on this link.

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Festival News Korean Festivals 2013 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (제17회 부천국제판타스틱영화제)
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

PiFan 2013: Puchon Choice

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

With the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival gearing up for it’s 17th installment, a large variety of films have been selected to showcase the diverse genre filmmaking talent across the globe.

There are some wonderfully titled categories throughout the program that emphasise the dedication to popular cinema, and within each are an eclectic selection of Korean films that highlight the many and varied productions emerging from the country.

This article will explore the films within the ‘Puchon Choice’ category, which contains one current and highly popular feature film from director Jang Cheol-su, and several noteworthy shorts that explore a host of topics through genre frameworks.

Puchon Choice

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)

Director: Jang Cheol-soo (장철수)

Synopsis: Based on the popular webcomic and still enjoying a healthy run at the box office, director Jang’s Secretly, Greatly has broken several records – biggest opening day (497,560), most admissions in one day (919,035) and the fastest film to cross the one million mark (36 hours) (Source: Kobiz). The success has largely been attributed to the three heartthrob actors within the film, notably Kim Soo-hyun whose star power has increased dramatically. This will be the first showing of the film with English subtitles in Korea, so fans will be quick to get tickets.  Please see below for the trailer.

Buchon Choice: Short 1

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Director: Lee Sang-il (이상일)

Synopsis: There is precious little information about director Lee’s 3 minute short fiction film, but judging from the stills it appears to be an abduction horror/thriller set in an apartment.

Two Boys and a Sheep (소년과 양)

Two Boys and a Sheep (소년과 양)

Two Boys and a Sheep (소년과 양)

Director: Lee Hyeong-seok (이형석)

Synopsis: This 18 minute fiction gets its international premiere at PiFan 2013, and features several protagonists quarreling over the titular sheep. Looks to be one of the more quirky offerings from the festival.

When the Moon is on the Wane (달이 기울면)

When the Moon is on the Wane (달이 기울면)

When the Moon is on the Wane (달이 기울면)

Director: Jeong So-yeong (정소영)

Synopsis: In a village full of tilting houses only one woman – Jae-ah – stays behind to wait for her brother. An intriguing premise that hints at exploring the notion of community and family, as well as history and memory and how they erode over time.

Buchon Choice: Short 2

Dirty Harry (더티혜리)

Dirty Harry (더티혜리)

Dirty Harry (더티혜리)

Director: Lee Yo-seob (이요섭)

Synopsis: Director Lee’s 28 minute short explores teenage pregnancy. When Harry discovers her best friend Crush is pregnant, she tracks down the father – a delivery boy from a local Chinese restaurant.

The Rumblings (밀청)

The Rumblings (밀청)

The Rumblings (밀청)

Director: Choi Ju-young (최주용)

Synopsis: Mi-yeon lives a monotonous life ever since her husband passed away, and one day begins to listen in her neighbor’s conversations. But what started as fun suddenly turns serious.

A Stranger Dream (이몽)

A Stranger Dream (이몽)

A Stranger Dream (이몽)

Director: Tak Sae-woong (탁세웅)

Synopsis: Horror/thriller A Stranger Dream depicts a young woman who witnesses the murder of a man living in a luxurious mansion – in her dreams. They are so vivid, and continually recur, that the woman then decides to seek out the man and warn him.

Festival News Korean Festivals 2013 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (제17회 부천국제판타스틱영화제)
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

PiFan 2013: The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival – or PiFan, for short – is gearing up for its 17th installment commencing this coming July 18th and running through to the 28th.

As is always the case with PiFan, the focus on genre films means a quite eclectic range of screenings from a variety of countries, and the 2013 edition continues the trend. A total of 219 films – 133 feature films and 86 shorts – from 40 countries are on offer, opening with the Asian premiere of animated all-star cast feature The Congress by director Ari Folman, and closing with the World Premiere of Korean film The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브) by director Kim Byeong U (김병우).

The Congress

The Congress

Opening Film The Congress

Israeli director Ari Folman, who previously made waves with Waltz With Bashir in 2008, finally returns to the director’s chair with The Congress. An international co-production between Israel, Germany, France, Luxembourg Poland and Belgium, The Congress features an all-star cast in a story that sees Robin Wright ‘sell’ her image to create a digital actress. However in doing so she can never act again, and more importantly, she loses all rights in the control of her very image. Please see below for the trailer:

The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브)

The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브)

Closing Film The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브)

PiFan wraps up the festival with the world premiere of Korean film The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브). Director Kim Byeong U’s (김병우) thriller features Ha Jeong-woo (하정우) as disgraced anchorman-turned-radio host Yoon Young-Hwa. When a terrorist calls the show threatening to blow up a bridge, Yoon calls it a hoax – only for the bridge to explode. Believing this to be an opportunity to become a TV anchorman once more, Yoon works hard to become involved in the incident, only for it to escalate even further. Please see below for the trailer:

Furthermore, PiFan will feature several films by some of the most prolific directors working today, including Johnnie To – Blind Detective, Drug War -, Miike Takshi – Shield of Straw, Lesson of Evil – and a special program dedicated to Japanese director Tsukamoto Shinya – Tetsuo, The Iron Man, Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, A Snake of June and Kotoko.

Cult films will be present in the Ourselves, Our Robots: The Thin Line Between Human and Robot showcase, featuring the likes of THX 1138, Robocop, Manborg, The Machine, and Computer Chess. Meanwhile Urban Cult: The Dark Side of the City will feature The Warriors, Escape From New York, Maniac, Maniac Cop 2 and Vigilante.

Fo the full line up and timetable of screenings, please visit the official PiFan website here.

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