Since 2017, the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea has created the Kim Jiseok Award in loving memory of the festival late programmer and it is one of the most anticipated awards in the A-list Asian film event.
This year, when the fest is held on October 6-16, many outstanding filmmakers all set to screen their works in A Window on Asian Cinema are competing in the memorial award.
According to an article written by Viviene Chow in variety.com, the award is more competitive at the 26th Busan because of “the inclusion of works by internationally renowned filmmakers that make the section less experimental.”
A shortlist of seven titles will vie for the award including Philippine’ pride Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Gensan Punch,” a foray into the life and times of a Japanese paraplegic athlete with an artificial leg who fought in the ring for world recognition. The movie stars Okinawan actor Shogen.
Other new works in the running are Bangladesh Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s “No Man’s Land” about hate and crime; Japan’s Ogigami Naoko’s “Riverside Mukolitta,” a dramedy that tackles the journey of a young man who has a criminal record settling in a fishing village; Singapore’s Royston Tan’s “24” which is a take on his country’s rigid culture; China’s Wang Qi’s “The Bargain,” a family tale; India’s Aparna Sen’s “The Rapist,” an intensive look on character study and Azerbaijan’s “Ilgar Najaf’s “Sughra’s Sons,” a black-and-white narrative on the lives of a family in a Communist collective farm.
Head of jury is Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi with fellow jurors Gulnara Abikeyeva and Kim Haery, film critics from Kazakhstan and South Korea, respectively. Two award recipients will be announced and each will be presented with a $10,000.00 cash prize at the closing ceremony of the festival.