Getting director Kim Ji-Woon to open the 2013 Busan West Film Festival at Chapman University is enough of a coup, so it's just piling on to consider the star of Kim's debut U.S. feature will also be tagging along.
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Ahnuld's first lead-actor role since leaving the California Office of the Governator was in The Last Stand, which Kim directed from a script by Andy Knauer, who got an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in 2006 and will also be in attendance at the Busan West opening on March 8.
The trio is scheduled at 6:30 that night to take part in a special presentation that includes a moderated discussion on their collaboration on The Last Stand.
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New to the festival this year is a competition for short films, with awards presented at the Closing Night reception and two winning shorts getting slots in the Busan program in South Korea.
(Hong Kong / director Chang-wha Chung); Girlfriend Boyfriend GF*BF (Taiwan / director Ya-che Yang).
Also, Iron Monkey (China / director Woo-ping Yuen); The Sword Identity (China / director Haofeng Xu); Once Upon a Time in China (China / director Hark Tsui); Tale of Two Sisters (USA / director Adam Rifkin); The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Korea / director Kim Ji-woon); The Last Stand (USA / director Kim Ji-woon).
Helping to create the 2013 Busan West program was Dodge College Professor Nam Lee, an expert in Pan-Asian film. Kim Ji-woon will receive this year's Icon Award, which was presented last year to his countryman and fellow filmmaker @rogersandcowan.com>
For ticket information, visit www.busanwest.com.