- Title: Busan International Film festival opens in South Korea
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SOUTH KOREAN ACTOR SEOL KYUNG-GOO AND SOUTH KOREAN ACTRESS HAN HYO-JOO WALKING ON RED CARPET AT OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 21ST BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL VARIOUS OF SEOL AND HAN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS SOUTH KOREAN DIRECTOR, LEE SANG-IL (LEFT) AND JAPANESE ACTOR, WATANABE KEN (RIGHT) WALKING TOWARD PHOTO WALL AND WAVING LEE AND KEN WALKING ON RED CARPET AUDIENCE SITTING SOUTH KOREAN ACTOR AND MEMBER OF BOY BAND SHINEE, MINHO (FAR RIGHT), SOUTH KOREAN ACTRESS JEONG DA-EUN, SOUTH KOREAN DIRECTOR LEE SEONG-TAE, SOUTH KOREAN ACTOR, LEE YOU-JIN (SECOND FROM LEFT), SOUTH KOREAN ACTOR, KIM JAE-YOUNG (FAR LEFT) WALKING TOWARD PHOTO WALL MINHO AND JEONG POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AUDIENCE SITTING INDONESIAN DIRECTOR, JOKO ANWAR (LEFT), AND SINGAPOREAN DIRECTOR, ERIC KOO (CENTRE), WALKING TOWARD PHOTO WALL ANWAR AND KOO WALKING ON RED CARPET (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER, PARK DO-SHIN, SAYING: "We will screen a total of 299 films from 69 countries at this year's Busan International Film Festival. 95 films will make the world premiere (at the film festival) and 30 of them are foreign films." SOUTH KOREAN ACTOR, CHOI GWI-HWA (FAR LEFT), SOUTH KOREAN DIRECTOR, KIM KI-DUK (SECOND FROM LEFT), SOUTH KOREAN ACTRESS, AHN JI-HYE (SECOND FROM RIGHT), AND SOUTH KOREAN ACTOR, KIM YOUNG-MIN (FAR RIGHT) WALKING TOWARD PHOTO WALL KIM KI-DUK AND AHN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS RED CARPET EVENT IN PROGRESS' HONG KONG ACTRESS, KARA WAI, AND HER PARTY WALKING ON RED CARPET (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 28-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN FAN PARK CHAN-HEE SAYING: "I failed to buy a ticket so I could not enter the venue (for the opening ceremony). However, I still feel very good because I could see that from outside. Even though there must have been difficulties after a typhoon hit the city, but I really hope the Busan film festival finish well." AUDIENCE SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) 49-YEAR-OLD CHONA MARTINEZ FROM THE PHILIPPINES SAYING: "It's amazing to be here I really feel wonderful." JAPANESE DIRECTOR, KUROKI HITOMI WALKING TOWARD PHOTO WALL AND WAVING HITOMI WALKING ON RED CARPET OPENING CEREMONY IN PROGRESS HOSTS OF OPENING CEREMONY SEOL AND HAN STANDING ON STAGE AUDIENCE CLAPPING SCREEN READING (in English): "BIFF 2016" MORE OF OPENING CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 16:31
- Keywords: Busan Film Festival Busan Watanabe Ken SHINee Minho Kara Wai
- Location: BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
- City: BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Film
- Reuters ID: LVA00152VCH1P
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened in South Korea's southeastern port city on Thursday (October 6) a day after Typhoon Chaba hit the region, leaving at least five people dead.
Celebrities dazzled on the red carpet for the start of the film festival, one of Asia's largest film events.
Movie stars including Japanese actor Watanabe Ken, K-pop boy band SHINee's member Minho, and Hong Kong actress Kara Wai walked the red carpet and greeted the large crowds gathered outside the venue.
"We will screen a total of 299 films from 69 countries at this year's Busan International Film Festival. 95 films will make the world premiere (at the film festival) and 30 of them are foreign films," said BIFF programmer, Park Do-shin.
Over 5,000 filmmakers, entertainers, and fans gathered at the Busan Cinema Centre to celebrate the start of the 10-day film festival, which was founded in 1996.
Huge crowds from home and abroad cheered for celebrities as they walked down to the red carpet to the ceremony venue.
"I failed to buy a ticket so I could not enter the venue (for the opening ceremony). However, I still feel very good because I could see that from outside. Even though there must have been difficulties after a typhoon hit the city, but I really hope the Busan film festival finish well," said 28-year-old South Korean Park Chan-hee.
Typhoon Chaba battered southern parts of South Korea on Wednesday (October 5) with violent winds and heavy rains, leaving at least five people dead, according to media reports, and flooding the country's main port, industrial cities and major factories.
"It's amazing to be here I really feel wonderful," said 49-year-old Chona Martinez from the Philippines.
BIFF runs till October 15.
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