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Director Park upbeat on Korean films

2007/02/12 | 144 views | Permalink | Source

Leading Korean director Park Chan-wook expressed optimism about Korean films in an interview with Korean media at the 57th Berlin Film Festival on Sunday.

Park noted that it was the Berlin filmfest that introduced him and his "JSA - Joint Security Area" to the international audience for the first time. "In 2001, 'Joint Security Area' was invited to the competition section of the film festival, and two years later, 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance' was invited to the forum section", Park said.

Park's latest film "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" is now being screened at the competition section of the Berlin Film Festival. The much-touted film, starring Korean Wave singer Rain (Chung Ji-hoon), however, failed to meet the rising commercial expectations, with only 730,000 tickets sold in Korea.

Park, who staged a one-man protest supporting the screen quota system at the Berlin festival last year, said he still holds out a hope for the system.

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