Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pusan International Film Festival brings a stellar Japanese line-up

by Chris MaGee

There are friends of the Pow-Wow that are right now packing their bags and heading from their hometowns (or from film fests like the Festival de Cine de Sitges) to South Korea and the 14th Annual Pusan International Film Festival. Pusan is one of the festivals where distributors go looking with cheque book in hand for the latest and best in Asian cinema, so of course a whole slew of high profile films from Japan are on the menu. Jason Gray, the man with his boots on the ground in Tokyo and correspondent for Screen International, has posted the full listing of Japanese films that are lined up for Pusan this year over at his blog and it's a pretty damn impressive line-up. Some of the highlights? Well, for me at least for me not one but two new films, "White Nights" and "Where Are You?" by Masahiro Kobayashi is wonderful news. Koji Yakusho's directorial debut "Toad's Oil" was a really nice surprise at the Toronto International Film Festival and it's nice to see it included in Pusan's line-up; and of course "Tetsuo: The Bullet Man" the third installment in the Tetsuo series, that even though I've heard very mixed views on is still a film that I can't wait to see.

Follow the link to Jason's blog above to check out all the Japanese films that will be on hand at the Pusan International Film Festival, and for full details on the fest visit its official website here.

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