The 24th Busan International Film Festival
took place at the Busan Cinema Center, South Korea
from 3rd to 12th of October 2019 and featured a total of
303 films from 85 countries.
When the poster was unveiled, it highlighted the splendid colors of Asian flags integrated, representing flags of all nations as Asia all in one.
The BIFF 2019 celebration began with the movie "The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time" and closed with the film "Moonlit Winter".
Moonlit Winter (2019)
In line with the festivities, let us remember Korean cinema's humble beginnings.
(Exterior of the Dansungsa Theater, the nation's first movie theater, located in Seoul's Jongno district c.1962)
Korea's first domestic films were "Uirijeok Gutu"(part-theater/part-film) and "Scenes of Kyongsong City"(documentary), which premiered on the same day, October 27th 1919, at the historic Dansungsa Theater.
Yet it is not until 1921 where the first full-length feature film, "Chunhyangjeon" (The Tale of Chunhyang) was released with some color and sounds.
After the war took place in 25th June 1950 to 27th July 1953, Korea was divided into two and so did their film industry.
In 2007, Ahn Jong Hwa’s 1934 silent film “Crossroads of Youth” was discovered and restored, making it the oldest Korean film that still exists today. All the earlier films have been lost.
While numerous films were being screened, the said festival along with many relevant organizations
didn't forget to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Korean cinema by featuring the most historically meaningful and remarkable Korean movies on a special program.
The 100 Year History of Korean Cinema: 10 Great Korean Films.
A Day Off (1968)
Good Windy Day (1980)
Memories of Murder (2003)
Old Boy (2003)
The Housemaid (1960)
The March of Fools (1975)
Directed by: Bae Yong Kyoon
Runtime: 136 minutes
(Remembered as an unprecedented attempt in Korean cinema history and an achievement of exceptional aesthetics.)
A few Asian films that had been screened during the festival.