It’s kind of unnerving how all the news right now is either Choi Jin-shil‘s sudden death or the 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), and sometimes while looking through the news listings, it’s easy to confuse the two based on the thumbnail images. (Given the timing, as far as I can see, there were no overlaps in attendees — or at least, very few — between PIFF and Choi Jin-shil’s funeral viewing.)
October 2 saw the opening night to the nine-day festival; PIFF closes on October 10 and is the largest film festival in Korea, and one of the largest in Asia. Over the course of the week, more than 300 films will be screened from 60-plus countries.
Kim Rae-won and Han Eun-jung, above, came as brand models for PIFF sponsor L’Oreal. Other famous name actors showed up to the red carpet night; the opening film was Kazakhstan’s The Gift to Stalin, as well as the Hyun Bin & Lee Bo-young film I Am Happy.
Stars of PIFF selection I Am Happy, Hyun Bin (Snow Queen) and Lee Bo-young (Queen of the Game) look a little deer-in-headlights in the first photo, but at ease in the second:
No high-profile red carpet is complete without Jang Dong-gun (Friend, The Coast Guard):
Kim Rae-won (Gourmet) poses with Han Eun-jung (Lawyers of Korea); Jung Ryeo-won (My Girlfriend Has Two Faces) stands tall in her rose gown:
Shin Mina (Go Go 70) is pretty, but kind of bridal, in white:
Kim Jung-eun (Forever the Moment) has been looking fantastic on red carpets this year, but I’m a little tired of her bronzed/Grecian look — this has to be at least the third time this year she’s done this silhouette and aesthetic.
I could do without the fur, but Kang Hye-jung (Herb) and Shin Hyun-joon (Last Present) look polished with their old-world glamour:
I loved Gong Hyo-jin‘s (Thank You) look… until she turned around. (Still, she looks fresh and pretty, which is hard to do when you’re trailing a bear rug.)
Gorgeous color (and beautiful draping) on Park Eun-hye (Yi San):
This silhouette is adorable on Go Ara (Who Are You) — it’s very young but glam (if only it didn’t remind me of hateful Kenley on Project Runway…):
Gourmet‘s Kim So-yeon really pops in this splash of color. Hard to pull off, but she looks gorgeous.
Lee Yeon-hee (East of Eden) looks sweet in pink:
Dapper Cha Seung-won (Eye for an Eye, Tooth for a Tooth):
The always impeccably dressed Eom Ji-won (The Good, the Bad, the Ugly):
Stop slouching, Eugene! (Three Dads, One Mom). Child actress Kim Hyang-gi (Bad Couple) is absolutely darling, here with singer Im Sung-eon
I wouldn’t think brown would be a great red-carpet look, but Joo Ji-hoon (Devil) is kind of rocking this old-school (Roaring ’20s?) style:
I’m sorry to say Kim Sun-ah (When Night Comes) looks a little frumpy, which is too bad since she can work the sexy gown like nobody’s business. Lee Dong-wook (La Dolce Vita) looks a bit plain, but okay.
The dresses are a little expected, but Kim Ji-soo (Women in the Sun) looks great, and so does Kim Bo-yeon (Love & Marriage):
Jung Sun-kyung (Catch a Kangnam Mother) and Choi Jung-yoon (Radio Star) both do black, but in contrasting textures:
Ahn Sung-ki (May 18), Kim Kang-woo (Bichunmu):
Lee Da-hee (Legend):
Lee Hwa-seon‘s gown looks like it’s sprouting up around her torso…
Lee Ki-woo (Someone Behind You) is tall, clean, and sleek. Rawr.
Lee Wan (Insoon Is Pretty) and Song Chang-eui (Scale of Providence), co-stars of Boys Don’t Cry:
Lee Jung-jin (Bottom of the Ninth with Two Outs) with Lee Jin (Hometown of Legends). She looks pretty, but there’s something weird going on with the fit of her dress — the waist and the ankles, for instance. It almost looks like the dress is sagging off her shoulders.
My Sweet Seoul co-stars Lee Seon-kyun and Choi Kang-hee show up together:
Oh Ji-ho (Single Papa in Love) and Yoon Ji-min (HIT):
Park Hae-il (Modern Boy) looks fine. But what happened to Lee Han (Goodbye Solo, When Spring Comes)??? It almost looks like he’s going for the same look as Shin Hyun-joon (above), but he doesn’t pull it off with the same masculine panache.
Park Jin-hee (War of Money) and Yeh Ji-won (Mixed-up Investigative Agency). Park Jin-hee is so pretty, but sometimes she comes off looking a little… cheap.
I don’t know what the heck they’re doing here, but Wonder Girl So Hee appears without her groupmates, here with singer Park Joon-hyung and Svengali JYP (Park Jin-young), who looks like he’s conducting an orchestra on top and going horseback riding on bottom. Equestrian symphony hybrid?
Baek Sung-hyun (Our School E.T.) and Bong Tae-kyu (Working Mom):
Japanese actress Ueno Juri, Yoon Jin-seo (Beastie Boys), and Kim Ji-sook (Stairway to Heaven):
American actors Moon Bloodgood of Eight Below and James Kyson Lee of Heroes:
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