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"Paju" To Be Released Oct 29

2009/10/22 | 553 views |  | Permalink | Source

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Korean distributor MK Pictures is to release Park Chan-ok's second feature, "Paju", which recently had its World Premiere in competition at the Pusan International Film Festival where it won the NETPAC award. A release date on select screens across the nation is set for October 29.

Starring Lee Seon-gyoon ("Sa-Kwa"), Seo Woo ("Crush and Blush"), Sim I-yeong, and Kim Bo-kyeong, it is an atmospheric tale of a schoolgirl (SEO) in love with her sister's husband (LEE). When her sister dies mysteriously, she suspects him of murder and complex emotions arise between them.

The film played to positive and highly impressed reviews during the festival with SEO's performance a highlight. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "Seo delivers one of the most believable depictions of conflicted female emotion as has ever been put on film in Korea".

Screen International said of director PARK, "This should help to cement Park's reputation as one of Korea's most talented art-house directors" while Variety praised the film's handling of elements of melodrama, action and mystery, saying they "make it function like a Bergmanesque thriller".

PARK's directorial debut was the critically praised drama "Jealousy Is My Middle Name" (2001). "Paju" is set in the city it takes its title from, a developing city, located close to the North/South Korean border.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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