Seoul International Youth Film Festival Attends Doha Giffoni Youth Summit

Reaching out to International Film Institutions The Doha Giffoni Youth Media Summit took place during the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha, Qatar. Held over December 2nd and 3rd, the inaugural summit brought together youth festival directors and industry delegates in order to discuss challenges and opportunities around cultural events that base their core audience and subjects on youths. The Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) attended the event as the representative from Korea and had an opportunity to share Korean IT technology and its importance in youth media education. Other attendees of the youth-based event included Italy, Canada, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Japan for a total of 26 countries. Not only was the summit important in sharing knowledge about their own cultural events, but it also created a chance for organizations to discuss partnerships for future endeavors. Especially with the recent MOU signing between SYIFF and Asia Internationa

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KWAK Jae-yong’s MEET MISS ANXIETY Opens in China

KWAK’s New Film Debuted on December 12th KWAK Jae-yong, the director behind My Sassy Girl (2001) and The Classic (2003), has introduced his new film Meet Miss Anxiety, which was released on December 12th in China. As My Sassy Girl, which starred CHA Tae-hyun and JUN Ji-hyun, was very popular in China and could be seen as the template for Meet Miss Anxiety, local expectations were high for the film. Meet Miss Anxiety stars China’s ZHOU Xun, who plays the main character, along with TONG Dawei, Wallace CHUNG and ZHANG Zilin. Meet Miss Anxiety is a romantic comedy which adjusted its tone according to the current trends of Chinese cinema. Director KWAK has built up a fan base in China due to his ‘girlfriend series’, which includes My Sassy Girl, Windstruck (2004) and Cyborg She (2008). A sequel to My Sassy Girl called My New Sassy Girl starring CHA Tae-hyun and Chinese actress Victoria is also on the way. But this film won’t be in theaters until 2015, so Meet Miss Anxiety is the first

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SCARLET INNOCENCE Preparing for February Release in Japan

Directed by Hansel and Gretel (2007)’s YIM Pil-sung, Scarlet Innocence has set its date for the Japan release. Although its domestic box office records weren’t as successful, the film has been receiving positive criticism from international film festival scene. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, followed by Busan and Hawaii International Film Festivals. JUNG Woo-sung of The Good, The Bad, and The Weird (2008) and Cold Eyes (2013) takes the lead role of this rewritten folk tale, where JUNG plays the irresponsible father SHIM Hak-gyu. To take time away from rumors at school between him and a student, SHIM is sent to a remote town to teach and he finds Deok, an attractive young woman. They get involved despite the fact that SHIM has a family back in Seoul. Although for SHIM this is just a fling, it’s not that simple for Deok who slowly turns into a sexually obsessed monster, played by a new face E Som. As Japanese filmgoers ar

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KIM Min-hee and KIM Tae-ri Confirmed for FINGERSMITH

PARK Chan-wook’s New Film to have Revealing Scenes KIM Min-hee, KIM Tae-ri and CHO Jin-woong signed up for Fingersmith, following the recent announcement of HA Jung-woo’s confirmation for the newest PARK Chan-wook film. KIM Min-hee who has shown strong performances through Helpless (2011) and Very Ordinary Couple (2012) will take her acting career to the next level with her daring role in Fingersmith. Playing the main character, KIM will be an heiress who inherits a large fortune, but gets caught in a fraud by a nobleman (HA Jung-woo) who teams up with a pickpocket (KIM Tae-ri) to steal her inheritance. The two main actresses, KIM Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri will have a romantic relation in the film, and how their chemistry will be on-screen has been bringing a lot of netizens’ attentions as a rare representation of same sex romance. New face KIM Tae-ri has gone through a rigorous casting interview where she was picked amongst 1500 applicants. She has just started her career t

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