Getting director Kim Ji-Woon to open the 2013 Busan West Film Festival at Chapman University is enough of a coup, so it's just piling on to consider the star of Kim's debut U.S. feature will also be tagging along.
Perhaps you've heard of him:
|Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kim Ji-Woon on The Last Stand set.|
Ahnuld's first lead-actor role since leaving the California Office of the Governator was in The Last Stand
, which Kim directed from a script by Andy Knauer, who got an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in 2006 and will also be in attendance at the Busan West opening on March 8.
The trio is scheduled at 6:30 that night to take part in a special presentation that includes a moderated discussion on their collaboration on The Last Stand
The West Coast version of the South Korean event that has become Asia's largest film festival continues through March 10 with acclaimed films from China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the U.S.
New to the festival this year is a competition for short films, with awards presented at the Closing Night reception and two winning shorts getting slots in the Busan program in South Korea.
Screening at Chapman are: A Werewolf Boy (Korea / director Sung-Hee Jo); Beijing Flickers (China / director Yuan Zhang); Bleak Night (Korea / director Yoon Sung-Hyun); Dangerous Liaisons (China/Korea/Singapore / director Jin-ho Hur); Five Fingers of Death
(Hong Kong / director Chang-wha Chung); Girlfriend Boyfriend GF*BF (Taiwan / director Ya-che Yang).
|Five Fingers of Death|
Also, Iron Monkey (China / director Woo-ping Yuen); The Sword Identity (China / director Haofeng Xu); Once Upon a Time in China (China / director Hark Tsui); Tale of Two Sisters (USA / director Adam Rifkin); The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Korea / director Kim Ji-woon); The Last Stand (USA / director Kim Ji-woon).
Helping to create the 2013 Busan West program was Dodge College Professor Nam Lee, an expert in Pan-Asian film. Kim Ji-woon will receive this year's Icon Award, which was presented last year to his countryman and fellow filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (Mother, Memories of Murder, The Host). The festival on the Orange campus also includes a martial arts cinema panel on Sunday, March 10, that will include renowned martial arts writer/director Haofeng Xu (The Grandmaster, The Sword Identity).
For ticket information, visit www.busanwest.com.
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