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(PIFF) Taiwan's Tsai Ming-liang hails non-mainstream cinema with PIFF award
By Kim Hyun
BUSAN, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, honored as the Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the Pusan International Film (PIFF), said he appreciates the award as a boost to independent filmmaking.

   "My works are non-mainstream, and I'm really honored and grateful to the film festival that this kind of award was presented to me," Tsai said Sunday after receiving the award.

   A Chinese born in Malaysia, Tsai is one of the most renowned Second New Wave directors of Taiwanese cinema, along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang. Tsai has captured the cold and sterile urbanscape of Taiwan in his award-winning films, such as "Vive L'Amour," "The River," "The Hole" and "The Wayward Cloud."

   Tsai expressed concerns about the growing tendency toward commercialization in cinema that sidelines independent filmmaking and kills diversity.

   "As one of those who really loves cinema, I'm a little concerned about the situation here that more and more people are induced to drawing as many audiences as possible," Tsai said. "But personally, I'm one of those who are not very interested in that. I'd like to use my talents in making a movie that changes the world."

   Tsai presented his painting as his gift to his long acquaintance and the outgoing PIFF director Kim Dong-ho. A dated photograph of Kim riding on Tsai's motorbike and holding him tight drew a burst of warm smiles from the audience.

   The Korean Cinema Award, an honor for contributing to the promotion of Korean film overseas, was presented to Bruno Bardo, festival director for several film festivals, including the Deauville American Film Festival and the Festival of Fantastic Film in Gerardmer.

   "For me Korean cinema is passionate, invigorating, contemporary and unique," Bardo said.