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The fantasy musical film “Passerby #3” by Korean director Shin Su-won won the Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival which ended on Sunday. It competed in the “Winds of Asia-Middle East: Film Panorama of Asia-Middle East” section.

  The movie tells the story of a 39-year-old working mother who struggles to realize her dream of becoming a film director.

Other Korean films to have won the honor include “Timeless Bottomless Bad Movie” (1997) by Jang Sun-woo, “Memories of Murder” (2003) by Bong Joon-ho and “A Brand New Life” (2009) by Ounie Lecomte.

“Passerby #3” was made with a budget of just W47 million (US$1=W1,114), much of it raised by director Shin who also served as investor, script writer and producer. The film also won the JJ-Star Award at the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival this spring. It will be released in Korea on Nov. 18.

source: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/11/03/2010110300683.html

Ang Lee to shoot ‘Life of Pi’ in Taiwan and India

The Associated Press

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AP Photo >Taiwanese director Ang Lee discusses the difficulties in preparing to direct his new film “The Life of Pi”, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, in Taipei, Taiwan. Lee’s plans to direct the screen adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel in 3D to better convey the fantasy adventure starting in 2011.

 TAIPEI, Taiwan Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said he is counting on the innocent looks and storytelling ability of an Indian boy to assure the success of Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi,” the fantasy book he is making into a film.

Lee has chosen 17-year-old Suraj Sharma from 3,000 candidates for the title role of the boy who drifts on the open sea with a Bengal tiger and a hyena, saved after a ship carrying the rest of his family sinks.

“There is no dialogue, and he is not Tom Hanks,” Lee said of the boy. “The film is about humankind’s spiritual pursuit, and he must have an appealing temperament.”

Newcomer Sharma “showed the storytelling ability, and you will believe this is a true story,” he said.

Lee will shoot the entire film in 3D in his home of Taiwan and in India. Filming is to start in January.

Lee said that at first he did not believe a fantasy story of a boy surrounded by nothing but water could be made into a film.

“I have not seen any good movies about water,” he said. “Then I realized 3D could be a way to break the dilemma.”

With new technologies, Lee said, “I hope to take viewers to the sea so they can feel for themselves the relationship between humankind and their beliefs.” 

source: http://www.dfw.com/2010/10/29/357434/ang-lee-to-shoot-life-of-pi-in.html

‘Host 2’ Planned as 3D Release

In 2006, director Bong Joon-ho’s film The Host earned $90 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. The film, which chronicled a father’s attempts to save his daughter from a giant man-made monster, combined elements of science-fiction, comedy, political satire, and good-old-fashioned horror into an action-packed and highly enjoyable movie that crossed all cultures.


Given the success of the first film, a sequel was a no-brainer, but news on the film has not been readily available. Now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we have a few more details about the project, including an anticipated release date, budget, and, most importantly, the news that The Host 2 will be released in 3D.

According to THR, The Host 2 has an expected budget of around $17.6 million. That is about $6 million more than producers spent on the first film. Undoubtedly, some of that budget will go toward releasing the sequel in 3D. Interestingly, producers are making no bones about why they’re spending the time and money to add 3D. Put simply, because everybody else is doing it.

Su-yeon Kim, of Chungeorahm Films, said, ”Given the nature of the film and the current trends in the global film market, we think that 3D is the medium to go.” Kim also admitted, however, that the decision to use 3D would “delay the film’s release date and bring significant changes to the film’s logistics.

As someone who is not a huge proponent of 3D, this is the kind of news that really irritates me. The first film was a huge success. The second film will, more than likely, also be a huge success. If 3D does nothing but delay the movie from getting made without offering anything worthwhile for the viewer, what’s the point?

Whether 3D is a good or bad thing for moviegoers is one of the more contentious debates in Hollywood. Obviously, studios like it because it brings in more money. Certain filmmakers like it because of the additional depth it gives to the filmmaking process (James Cameron’s Avatar pushed the limits of 3D technology in a way that actually enhanced the film). Fans, on the other hand, have not been as keen. Some like it for the novelty, but when it’s mishandled (as in Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender) it can greatly hurt a film’s credibility.

In any case, I hope that the decision to go 3D does not adversely affect The Host 2. I loved the first film and am hopeful that the sequel will offer similar laughs, chills, and thrills.

The Host 2 will likely be released in the summer of 2012.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, www.screenrant.com

FuzzyCalifornia proudly hosts the screening of THE HOUSMAID(1960) by KIM Kiyoung at  the AFI Film Festival 



Dir. KIM Ki-young

Kim Ki-young’s claustrophobic set piece of a narrow two-story home is the perfect cage in which to attempt to contain the wild and escalating emotions of this domestic melodrama. The film tells the story of Mr. Kim, a music teacher whose guilt over the suspension of a young woman he teaches leads him to question his judgment and test the limits of propriety with his new housemaid. His wife Mrs. Kim works two jobs so that they can afford their new dwelling but her dream of perfect domesticity unravels quickly when her husband surrenders to the housemaid’s advances, an act that puts everyone in the house, including the children, on a path of mounting cruelty and obsession. A spectacular close-up shot of dying rats writhing in a bowl of white rice laced with poison becomes an unforgettable symbol of the nightmarish world evoked in this classic of Korean noir cinema.THE HOUSEMAID has been digitally restored by the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) with the support of the World Cinema Foundation.

Screenings: Sunday, November 7, 1:00 pm, Mann Theatre #1 

Admission: Free

Tickets are available at AFI.COM/AFIFEST or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST beginning October 28. 




Dir. IM Sang-soo

This darkly elegant, meticulously crafted thriller follows the travails of a young maid in an opulent mansion where class hierarchy is played out with ever-mounting cruelty.

Screenings: Sunday, November 7, 3:10 pm, Mann Theatre #1

Admission: Free

Tickets are available at AFI.COM/AFIFEST or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST beginning October 28.

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