This weekend I jumped down to Busan to enjoy the giant Busan International Film Festival.
I didn’t get a chance to go last year, so I was really excited to get down there this time around. But while my friends and I tried to ticket online beforehand, all of our first choice movies were sold out within half an hour (we both had class and couldn’t ticket immediately after sales opened.)
Fortunately, the festival reserves 20 percent of tickets for day-of sales. Unfortunately, that meant I had to get all the way to Busan after school on Friday (I didn’t arrive until almost 11 p.m.) and get up at 5 to be the first in line to snap up all the tickets we wanted.
Needless to say, it was an exhausting weekend. However, I did manage to marathon four awesome movies on Saturday and spot a few Korean movie stars in the process (이병헌).
These are the movies I saw - I seriously recommend them all, except for one, which I won’t put up here because no one should have to go through that. It had potential I guess, but honestly the acting was so rough that it fell completely flat.
In any case, if you have a chance to check them out, do it!
A thriller/critique of the Korean education system. Yes, you read that right. In some ways it was a bit overdramatic, but I was seriously drawn into this movie. It was well made and definitely hit home.
Arguably the best movie of the day, this is a documentary about a group of octogenarians in Taiwan who decide to fulfill their dreams by learning to ride motorcycles and taking a tour of their island. It was both touching and inspiring - seriously, my friend was crying throughout the entire thing.
A retelling of Snow White that takes place in Spain in the 1920s. This is a black and white silent film, which normally is the last thing I would want to watch. However, it was truly beautiful and the story was more than enough to keep me interested despite the lack of dialogue.