And So it Ends. PIFF Wraps up its 15th Year

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.

Late Autumn: Cursed with a Directionless Narrative

Late Autumn


2010 l 115min

Directed by KIM Tae-yong

Starring TANG Wei, HYUN Bin


Willem Dafoe, the Canadians, AP & Trying to Remember

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.

Day Two: From Morning til’ Morning

BUSAN, South Korea -- The second day of the Pusan International Film Festival was a busy one: New Jurors Press Conference at 10 a.m., Won Bin and the Adjusshi cast at noon, Chinese actress Tang Wei and Hyun Bin at 4 p.m., American actor Willem Defoe at 6:30 and finally, Indian beauty Aishwariya Rai and crew at 8:30 p.m.

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.

Forever in Busan: The Boyd Watts Story

Around 1,789,000 Americans served in the Korean War. Of those, 36,516 never made it home. Boyd L. Watts was one of the lucky ones. Now, he is back in Busan to be laid to rest when his last days are done.

A Gambler in Paradise

I love to gamble. There, I said it. I really love gambling. I love sidling up to a card table and buying a fat pile of chips.

Getting your Gear On: Busan’s Little Known Music Market


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.