Korean Film Festival Debuts in China
Select Chinese audiences soon will enjoy 20 Korean films in a festival spanning six decades in Beijing, Haikou, and the southwest Chinese mega city of Chongqing.
The Korean Film Festival in China 2010 launched Thursday in Beijing with titles never before screened in China by controversial directors such as Kim Ki-duk and Park Chan-wook.
Sponsored by The Korean Film Council and China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, it is the largest retrospective of Korean cinema ever mounted in China. It happens to coincide with mounting tensions between Beijing and Seoul over North Korea, which on Tuesday launched an artillery attack at the South, sparking international pressure on Beijing to rein in Pyongyang.
The most unusual title at the festival for China’s usually middle-of-the-road cinema fare is probably Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, by director Park Chan-wook. The 2005 film starring Lee Young Ae, is about a woman siccing torturous revenge after she’s released from prison for a murder she did not commit.