Asia’s largest film festival kicks off its 20th edition

The Busan International Film Festival – the largest film festival held anywhere in Asia – marks its 20th year running when it rolls out the red carpet on Thursday evening.

Busan, South Korea.

Busan, South Korea. Image by LWYang / CC BY 2.0

The festival draws films and filmmakers from across Asia and internationally, though it is known for its down-to-earth atmosphere, with locals still able to queue up for tickets and attend Q&A sessions with directors. Held in the South Korean port city of Busan, on the country’s south coast, the festival runs for ten days at six cinemas. This year’s gala presentation incorporates screenings of six films, including Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s hotly anticipated The Assassin, which is set during the Tang dynasty in China and centres on a young female assassin. Read more: biff.kr

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