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South Korea's largest film festival (BIFF) hopes to put the political woes of last year behind it, KoBiz interviews an audio artist par excellence, Pieces of Work has twenty top suggestions for K-horrors this Halloween, and can you guess which K-horror made Film School Reject's list of the most underrated horrors of this century?

"South Korea's Busan film festival is emerging from under a dark political cloud"

The 22nd edition of Korea's largest film festival, the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), recently got underway, but as Quartz writer Isabella Steger notes, "it will be in a Korea that is very different to the one under president Park". Last year's event was marred by the overarching political turmoil that negatively affected Korea's entire art industry as a whole. But the biggest victims, according to the event's executive director, Kang Soo-yeon, was BIFF itself. So, how will this year be different?


"Head of Sound Design Studio, BLUECAP, Kim Suk-won"

Kim Suk-won, head of Studio Bluecap, was behind the innovative soundscape of Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong's immersive 3D spectacle "Decades Apart" that featured at the Seoul Museum of Art last year. As a "leading force" in Korea's sound post-production, Kim has been involved in a large number of successful projects over the years, but he hopes his work remains somewhat invisible: "I hope the audience can remember how they enjoyed a film instead of what the sound was like". In this post on KoBiz, Song Soon-jin interviews Kim about his studio and finds out more about this audio artist par excellence.


"Top 20 Korean Horror Films"

Looking for a chilling Korean horror for Halloween? Tis' the season, so here are twenty great suggestions from Pieces of Work -- "Bringing the best (and worst) of the East to the West" -- an Asian film review blog. Did your favourite K-horror make his list? What terrifying Korean films would you recommend? Let us know in the comment section below...


"The 17 Most Underrated Horror Movies of the 21st Century"

Continuing with the horror/Halloween theme: Can you guess which South Korea film made it onto Film School Rejects list of the 17 most underrated horror films of this century? "This surreal reimagining of a South Korean folktale never quite caught on in the U.S"., writes Valerie Ettenhofer: "At times, the movie seems to lose its own plot, but with creepy pubescent sisters, an evil stepmother, and suspense-laden sequences that will make you want to avoid the corners of your kitchen, the scares are ever-present". You got it...


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