Chinese Language Films at the Pusan International Film Festival

By Isabella Tianzi Cai

No. 89 Shimen Road (dir. Shu Haolun)

The 15th Pusan International Film Festival runs from October 7 to 15 this year. It is one of the most prestigious film festivals in Asia. This year, 103 world premieres will be presented at the festival, with a significant number of them made in China.

“Each year, Chinese films take the largest part of our programme,” said Kim Ji-Seok, the executive programmer of the festival told American Free Press. “I think the role and presence of Chinese film is very crucial in supporting the advancement of Asian cinema and joint productions between Asian nations.”

Below is a list of the Chinese films in this year’s PIFF Programs. dGenerate directors JIA Zhangke (Dong) and SHU Haolun (Nostalgia, Struggle) are on the list.
Under the Hawthorn Tree by ZHANG Yimou

Gala Presentation
All About Love by HUI Ann (Hong Kong)
Late Autumn by KIM Taeyong (starring Tang Wei)
When Love Comes by CHANG Tsochi (Taiwan)

A Window on Asian Cinema
A Beautiful Mistake by LU Huizhou
Addicted to Love by LIU Hao
Aftershock by FENG Xiaogang
Au Revoir, Taipei by Arvin CHEN (Taiwan)
Driverless by ZHANG Yang
Love in a Puff by PANG Hocheung (Hong Kong)
My Ex-wife’s Wedding by LEE Kunglok
My Mongolian Mother by NING Cai
No. 89 Shimen Road by SHU Haolun
Pear by ZHANG Ciyu
Pinoy Sunday by HO Widing (Taiwan)
Reign of Assassins by John WOO and SU Chaopin
Taipei Exchanges by HSIAO Yachuan
The Ditch by WANG Bing
The Drunkard by Freddie WONG
The Fourth Portrait by CHUNG Monghong
Wang Liang’s Ideal by GAO Xiongjie
Welcome to Shama Town by LI Weiran
Zoom Hunting by CHO Li (Taiwan)

Korean Cinema Today
Dooman River by ZHANG Lu (from China)

New Currents
Lover’s Discourse by Derek TSANG and Jimmy WAN (Hong Kong)
My Spectacular Theatre by LU Yang
Strawberry Cliff by Chris CHOW (Hong Kong)
The Old Donkey by LI Ruijun

Wide Angle
Asian Shot Film Competition
Juliet’s Choice by HOU Chijan (Taiwan)
Transitoriness by YANG Yue

Short Film Showcase II
A Mind of My Own by CHENG Haochuan (Taiwan)
Ten Minutes of Life by WEN Zongji

Documentary Competition
Let the Wind Carry Me by KWAN Punleung and CHIANG Hsiuchiung (Taiwan)
New Castle by GUO Hengqi

Documentary Showcase
I Wish I Knew by JIA Zhangke
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by LIN Chengsheng (Taiwan)

Open Cinema
The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman by WU Ershan

Midnight Passion
Dream Home by PANG Hocheung (Hong Kong)

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