Stoker is the first English language film by Korean director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy). The film, which merges horror and family drama, follows confused teenager India Stoker and fragile alcoholic mother Evie during the days following the death of India’s father. After the arrival of her mysterious uncle Charlie, a series of strange and violent events occur which leads both characters to become more and more unstable. As the […]

Hunger, thirst, anxiety, a struggle to save a man’s life and the craft of drinking urine are the highlights of Kim Seong-hun’s new film Tunnel. Previously known for his action-packed film Hard Day, the film director has decided to put his next protagonist in a collapsed tunnel, just to make his life more depressing. It all […]

While growing up, I mostly associated science-fiction films with space and aliens (Saturn 3, Enemy Mine, Alien); nowadays, sci-fi productions often turn away from space travel and concentrate more on the themes of environmental disasters, human race issues (e.g. overpopulation: In Time, Wall-E, Pandorum) or artificial intelligence, and have even become a tool of political commentary […]

Jane – a film about Sohyun (Lee Min-ji), a runaway – is a 2016 feature debut from Cho Hyun-hoon. The director’s professional voyage into filmmaking started when his short film Metamorphosis got invited to Busan Asian Short Film Festival in 2007. In 2013, another short film of his, The Mother’s Family, was invited to Indie Forum Mise-en-scene […]

‘Tis the year for Japanese occupation era films in South Korean Cinema, it would seem – there has been a flood of them, with the most noticeable – The Age of Shadows (2016, Kim Jee-woon) – even selected as South Korea’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film of the 2017 Academy Awards. The Last Princess falls into this […]

 The good Lord gave the director two eyes – one to look into the camera, the other to be alert to everything that is going on around him.- Andrzej Wajda 1926- 2016 Busan, South Korea. I was sitting in the Busan International Film Festival press office when I heard that one of my favourite Polish directors, […]

Lee Dong-eun started his career path as a student of economics and journalism who – like many others – had an idea for a story and a dream to become a filmmaker; unlike many others, he managed to make his dream into reality through hard work and by being unafraid to take the long road: “In Between […]

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is divided into several sections; among these, the international competition “New Currents” section holds the most importance for the new and emerging Asian directors; each year, only the select promising directors with their first or at most second features can take part in the competition to win the prestigious New Currents […]

Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian filmmaker, made his first short film at the age of 13, while he attended a youth drama club. He shaped his film-making style gradually while studying Harold Pinter’s plays at the University of Teheran. He then moved on to study stage direction at the Tarbias Modares University, where he wrote for television and also wrote […]

Kim Jee-woon is a natural-born filmmaker who, with his alluring script-writing, has never been afraid to tackle a new film genre. With eight feature films and six shorts under his belt, he has already gone down in film history as one of the most influential Korean directors. Kim Jee-woon had no formal training in filmmaking; he […]