Wow, what an opening night!
With some of the most famous and hottest stars in attendance for the October 4th opening of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), this event had no shortage of star power. With the fireworks exploding, the red carpet laid out, and the opening movie, “Cold War”, about to begin, the crowd began to cheer. The largest Asian movie festival of the year has just gotten started.
Not even the horse-dancing master himself, PSY, could resist the call of BIFF! He made an appearance during the 10 day event (Oct 4 – 13).
With 304 films being shown and just over 220,000 visitors, BIFF played host from movie-goers all over the world.
Read on to see why Asian movies are cool, why you should start watching them, and BIFF’s role in promoting cinema. After all, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is not the only cool thing about Korea. BIFF 2012 is right up there as well!
Note: From October 17 to October 28, we’ll be updating this page. Stay tuned for our coverage, plus new movie reviews from the show.
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The BIFF Table of Contents
Part 1: Introducing BIFF
What is BIFF, how was it created, why you need to visit Busan, and why should you check out Asian cinema? We answer all these questions and more in our introduction of BIFF!
Part 2: Welcome to Busan!
The beautiful city of Busan played host to BIFF 2012. Learn more about the 2nd largest city in Korea and why you should visit it!
Part 3: Celebrities Spotted
Movies weren’t the only highlight of BIFF 2012. Celebrities also came out to play. Even the horse-dancing, wunderkind sensation, PSY, took time from his busy schedule to come out.
Part 4: Movie Highlights
While we couldn’t watch all 304 films available, we’ll briefly preview the movies that were highly anticipated instead.
Part 5: Taking a Poll
We took a poll and asked BIFF attendees, as well as the staff, which stars they preferred more.
Part 6: Interviews and Musings
During the show, the GTG team talked with various people about BIFF, why it’s a great event, their love of films, and the future of BIFF itself.
Part 7: Wrapping up BIFF 2012
As we look back on BIFF 2012, we came away very happy. Let’s take a look at what happened, what made the event awesome, and an overview of the event.
Our Movie Reviews from BIFF 2012:
Do you remember your first love? Architecture 101 takes us on a trip down memory lane and helps us remember how it feels to be young again.
Lust, sex, obsession, betrayal, and revenge…all in this one mesmerizing film.
A Muse tells the story of the infatuation with a 17-year old girl by a 70-year old man. While they find comfort in one another, where will it eventually lead to?
A lonely, mail-order bride Thai girl in a ruthless Korea. Sexual harassment and abuse greet her arrival once in Korea. Will she eventually find happiness and escape this life?
“Life begins and ends on the bed”. With sex, passion, and drama, B.E.D explores the concept of the importance of person’s best friend at night: the bed.
A gangster epic of gangster epics, Nameless Gangster will take you on a journey through the depths of the criminal underworld.
Rent a Cat
Life can get lonely sometimes, so why not rent a cat? Directed by Ogigami Naoko, Rent-a-Cat tells the story of a cat lady and the cats she rents out to fill the voids of lost souls.
War, hate, insanity, and redemption are the themes of My Way, directed by Kang Je-kyu, director of the widely acclaimed Taegukgi.
A film about the reunion of long-time friends, Sunshine Boys makes us look back about the individual paths we may have taken along the way.
Two Weddings and a Funeral
A couple marries to hide their respective homosexual relationships from their families and the rest of society. How long will the facade last?
Everyone should have two lovers: one who you love, and one who loves you. But through it all, have great friends to help you out.