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(PIFF) Korean films win competition section for Asian cinema at Pusan festival
BUSAN, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- Two South Korean films, "The Journals of Musan" and "Bleak Night," won the awards of the New Currents section for emerging Asian filmmakers at the Pusan International Film Festival, the jury announced Friday.

   "The Journals of Musan," the debut feature by Park Jung-bum, tells a gloomy, yet intriguing story of North Korean defectors striving to fit in with capitalist South Korea with little success. The film is said to be based on a true story of Park's friend.

   "With a well-written scenario, excellent directing and shooting, this film asks the audience the question of what cinema should talk about today," Emi Wada, a Japanese costume director and head of the jury, said in a press conference.

   Another winner, "Bleak Night," is a coming-of-age film by Yun Sung-hyun set in a boys high school. The death of a student prompts his father's investigation, and the process reveals shaky friendships and wounds of teenage boys under Korea's competitive education system.

   "Story telling and great acting blend well in this film," said Kim Yun-jin, the Korean actress who starred in the hit U.S. TV series "Lost" and a member of the jury.

   New Currents presents two US$20,000 awards for first- or second-time directors in Asia.

   The other competition section at PIFF, Flash Forward, for filmmakers from outside Asia, awarded "Pure" by Swedish director Lisa Langseth. The jury also gave a special mention to "Erratum," a Polish film by Marek Lechki.

   The 15th Pusan International Film Festival will come to an end later Friday with its closing film, "Camellia," an omnibus by three directors from Thailand, Japan and Korea.