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Notable Absences Mark 21st Busan Festival Opening Ceremony

Notable Absences Mark 21st Busan Festival Opening Ceremony
After two years of struggle between festival organizers and city authorities, followed by an indecisive settlement, this year’s Busan Film Festival always was going to be different.

As a result, some of Korea’s top filmmakers, including Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Lee Joon-ik, Choi Dong-hoon and Ryoo Seung-wan, decide not to attend the festival, and the red carpet parade presented less Korean star guests than previous years. Also absent were Lee Yong-kwan the festival director on whose watch the clashes occurred, and Seo Byung-soo, the city mayor who split the industry, and who has since resigned his ex officio chairmanship of the festival.

The opening ceremony of the 21st Biff Thursday night was held under the open air Busan Cinema Center’s signature big roof. And it left more space than usual for members of the public.

Major Korean guests who did attend included filmmaker Kim Ki-duk and his cast for “The Net,
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Film Review: ‘The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’

Film Review: ‘The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’
Plenty serviceable as a belated documentary addendum to “Rocky,” director Jesse James Miller’s bio of ‘80s-era World Boxing Council lightweight champ Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini connects on emotional levels in the telling of an up-from-nothing brawler whose colorful career climaxed in tragedy. Pic’s late-reel conceit of filming the meeting between Mancini and the son of the man he beat to death in the ring may sound contrived on paper, but it plays beautifully on screen, adding to the pathos of a film whose heart is in the right place throughout. Boxing buffs will weigh in toward lightweight VOD and DVD receipts.

Born in 1961, the descendant of Sicilian immigrants, Mancini came of age in Youngstown, Ohio, as the city struggled to overcome its reputation as, per the Saturday Evening Post, “Crimestown, USA.” The film does a fine job of showing how the closing of steel mills in Youngstown in
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London Korean Film Festival programme announced

The 6th annual London Korean Film Festival (Lkff) returns 3 – 17 November 2011 showcasing the very best Korean films, UK premieres and events, ranging from the traditional gritty thrillers and skin crawling films, to family animation films new to the Korean film scene. The diverse programme this year includes a North & South Korean film strand, a Ryoo Seung Retrospective, a light hearted comedy films section, an Animation day and Mise en scene short films, all taking place in London at the Cineworld Haymarket, Apollo and Ica cinemas, and on tour nationally in Sheffield, Cambridge and Newcastle. The opening night Gala 3 Nov, kicks off with the European premiere of Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon with a director Q&A and the festival closes with the UK premiere of Director Ki Kim Duk's controversial documentary, Arirang in which he explains his three year absence from filmmaking, followed by a Q&A, 17 Nov. Looks like this
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