Opening day for Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Jang Nara arrives with father and brother
For the next ten days, the city of Bucheon, not far from Seoul in Kyunggi (Gyeonggi) province, is hosting the 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, or PiFan. (Like Pusan International Film Festival, the film festival has kept the old spelling and acronym although the city names are now romanized with the “B” instead of the “P.”)
PiFan is a genre film festival, focusing on thriller, mystery, horror, and fantasy selections. This year the festival screens more than 200 films in eight categories that include Family Fanta (fantastic genre films appropriate for families), Ani Fanta (animation, one of the festival’s main categories), World Fantastic Cinema, and Fantastic Shorts. The Retrospectives portion comprises a “City of Romance” subcategory, screening Hong Kong movies from the ’80s, as well as “Eroticscape,” featuring Korean urban erotica from the ’80s.
The festival opened on July 16, its red carpet walked by celebs like Jang Nara, Lee Jong-hyuk, and Gu Hye-sun. PiFan will close on July 26.
The opening night was hosted by actors Lee Jong-hyuk (Rivals) and Jo Eun-ji (Forever the Moment):
Jang Nara (Sky and Sea) made the event a family affair and brought father Joo Ho-sung and brother Jang Sung-won:
Gu Hye-sun (Boys Before Flowers):
I get that fashion models often wear the most offbeat outfits, but Lee Young-jin (of Yoga School, Antique Bakery and also Uhm Tae-woong’s ex) is hitting all the wrong notes, imo, from the pink heels to the gold skirt and the severe face.
The ladies from the latest film in the Memento Mori horror series, Suicide Pact, are, in order of the first pic below: Oh Yeon-seo, Sohn Eun-seo, Yoo Shin-ae, Song Min-jung, and Jang Kyung-ah
I like the how the shirt’s lines match with the bowtie on the very tall (190 cm!) Kim Heung-soo (I Like it Hot, Life: Special Investigation Unit):
Kim Shin-ah (A Tale of Legendary Libido) wears a pretty pink puff of a dress:
Two of Korea’s lauded veteran actors Jo Jae-hyun (New Heart) and Ahn Sung-ki (Divine Weapon, May 18), wave together:
Jeon Sae-hong (Baby and I) is pushing it with her transparent dress (classy!), so it’s a good (?) thing she’s got all those hairballs stuck to the front to provide some coverage (although you can see the bra cup through the dress in some shots).
Jeon Hye-jin (Family Honor) and the very cute fourteen-year-old Joo Da-young (Private Eye, Great King Sejong):
I think it’s the hair that gives Chu Sang-mi (City Hall) a particularly bobble-headed look, like Kristen Chenoweth: