BUCHEON, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s largest annual genre film festival kicked off Thursday in Bucheon, just west of Seoul, featuring 290 films from 53 countries around the world.
The 22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) will run till July 22 under the theme “Love, Fantasy and Adventure.” The number of titles chosen to be shown during this year’s event is similar to last year’s 289 films.
Leading the 290 films will be the world premiere of South Korean directors Oh Seong-yun and Lee Chun-baek’s animated feature film “Underdog” about the story of abandoned dogs.
Nine North Korean feature and short films will be screened during the festival’s 11-day run amid the thaw in inter-Korean relations.
They include the family drama “The Story of Our Home,” which won the best movie award at the 2016 Pyongyang International Film Festival, and “Let’s Keep the Traffic Order,” an animated film made to promote a traffic campaign.
“Pulgasari,” a remake of the first South Korean monster film “The Iron-Eating Monster, Bulgasari” (1962) by director Kim Myeong-je, will also be shown.