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BUSAN, South Korea - And so it ends. The 15th Pusan International Film Festival came to a close Friday night with another packed house who came to watch the closing ceremonies and the final film “Camellia”, a Korean/Japanese/Thailand co-production shot in Busan.
2010 l 115min
Directed by KIM Tae-yong
Starring TANG Wei, HYUN Bin
BUSAN, South Korea - The evening started off simply enough. Chevy and I in front of the Family Mart training him how to record video with my camera. This may seem elementary but, as some of you may remember, it was Chevy who I handed my camera to in the Lotte Giant’s dugout in hopes of getting a good photo of myself and baseball legend, Lee Dae Ho. Chevy took a choice shot of our stomachs, totally cutting out our faces--you can understand my concern as we prepared to go to the Willem Dafoe press conference.
That, is a full day at PIFF.
While covering the event, the between press conferences is the “long wait”. Waiting for hopefully an on-time guest, or waiting for a hopeful interesting interview.
The outdoor Bujeon Si-jang (Bujeon Market) is your typical Asian open-air food and produce area: a sprawling collection of fruit carts, meat carcasses, and all manner of colorful characters who pass their days laughing, haggling, and gutting fish. What one might not expect to find, however, is the biggest concentration of music shops in Busan. But there they are, on the outskirts of the market’s Byzantine alleyways, inside a large nondescript white warehouse.