This year the Puchon International Fanastic Film Festival (PiFan) presented a wide range of new Korean features including violent rural drama "Bedevilled
" by Jang Cheol-soo
, which screened in Cannes' Critics Week section this year. A total of 54 Korean features and shorts participated in the genre-focused fest.
In PiFan's World Fantastic Cinema section were the world premieres of five Korean features: "Hero - Movie
", a new take on the vampire genre by director Kim Hong-ik
; "Red", a love-on-the-road movie by director Ko Eun-ki
; mystery-drama "Sin of a family
" by director Min Byeong-jin
; comic-fantasy "The Uninvited - 2010"
by Lee Eung-il
; and thesp-thriller "The Last Acting Lesson" by director SEO Seoung-man. 2009 year-end superhero hit "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard
" by Choi Dong-hoon
and the 2010 spring-released psychological horror "Bestseller"
starring top Korean actress Uhm Jung-hwa
rounded out this section.
Newly titled section Vision Express presented two Korean world premieres, film-within-a-film drama "Encounter"
by Lim Tae-hyeong
and transcendental love-story "Try to Remember"
by Lim Jin-pyeong
. In PiFan's Forbidden Zone was the world premiere of X-rated queer omnibus feature "All About My Father" by directors LEE Sang-woo-IV, KIM Hun, and HWANG Hee-kyung.
Also making its world premiere at PiFan was school-horror "Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp
" by Yoo Seon-dong
. The sequel to 2008's successful summer horror "Death Bell"
, the new feature was the festival's closing film and will have its nationwide release on July 28.
PiFan's continued efforts to excavate Korea's cinematic styles and flourishes from the past resulted this year in a retrospective of director LEE Doo-yong's 1970's kick-action films, presenting six features including the Single-legged Man series, which has been recently restored by the Korean Film Archive.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)