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Korea's 9th Busan Film Festival Wins Big
[PIFF in Pictures] Wrapping up a nine-day film fiesta, officials say it was their best showing ever
Todd Thacker (internews)     Print Article 
Published 2004-10-15 18:36 (KST)   
As the 9th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) completes its 262 film, 63 nation cinematic celebration Friday, the consensus among staff and moviegoers is that 2004 is their most successful effort to date.

Over 166,000 tickets were sold, 84.8 percent of the total 195,900 seats, solidifying the reputation of Asia's largest film event and outdoing last years ticket sales by 1.8 percent. Over 900 foreign guests attended the festival and the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), a film-marketing showcase that kicked off PIFF's first three days.

"The Scarlet Letter" will close PIFF Friday night at the 5,000-seat Yachting Center, near Haeundae Beach.

Over the past nine days, audiences have marveled at a wide-ranging selection of new and established directors, along with close to 100 world and Asian premieres.

In the "New Currents: Asian Cinema's Intrepid Challenge" section, the only competitive event, Korea's Lee Yun Ki took the directorial grand prize Friday for "This Charming Girl," a psychological tale involving a reclusive postal work and a writer. Special mention was given to Ho Yuhang of Malaysia for "Sanctuary."

The section jury was composed of 10 eminent directors, including Germany's Dito Tsintsadze, Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Fruit Chan, from Hong Kong.

Hundreds of young volunteers were sworn in days before the opening Oct 7. They looked after everything from ticketing and information to operating subtitle projection equipment.
©2004 PIFF

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai poses with a couple of starry-eyed guests at a reception last Saturday night.
©2004 PIFF

Legendary Greek director Theo Angelopoulos is honored at a hand printing ceremony at PIFF Square in downtown Busan Oct 13. A 12-work retrospective of Angelopoulos' work was also screened.
©2004 PIFF

Korean directors Im Kwan Taek (left) and Kim Ki Duk walk the red carpet at the PIFF opener, last Thursday. Over 1,000 guests attended the sold out ceremony.
©2004 PIFF

The 9th PIFF sold 84.8 percent of its tickets, for a total of 166,164 happy film buffs.
©2004 PIFF

Korean actress Lee Young Ae and Hong Kong's Tony Leung take part in an industry roundtable dialogue, sharing ideas on cinema near Haeundae Beach on Oct. 8.
©2004 PIFF

The Haeundae Beach SfunZ Megabox venue has 10 cinemas totaling 2,063 seats.
©2004 PIFF

Andes folk music on the SfunZ Haeundae Stage
©2004 PIFF

Many Korean art and film students came to hear the seminars and master class series held over the nine day festival.
©2004 PIFF

The Yachting Center Outdoor Theater, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies, can seat 5,000 movie-goers.
©2004 PIFF
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