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What to watch at the Busan International Film Festival?

The Busan International Film Festival, will feature 304 movies from 75 countries—so, how can you know which ones are a must-see? Here’s a preview of our Top 10 picks

The Assassin

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien has released this martial arts film. Hou, who didn’t direct a single movie for eight years, won the Best Director prize at Cannes this year with The Assassin. The film is set during China’s Tang Dynasty and is a story about Nie Yinninang, who was raised to become an assassin and eliminate ruthless government officials.

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Color of Asia–Masters

Omnibus movie"Color of Asia–Masters", which was jointly produced by the biggest video platform in China, Youku Tudou and the Busan International Film Festival is being released. Four movie directors, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wang Xiaoshuai, Kawase Naomi and Im Sang-soo took part in the production of this movie.

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Cemetery of Splendor

In the movie, Jenjira works as a nurse who is taking care of a young, handsome soldier who is suffering from an unidentified sleeping sickness. This movie has a similar message as earlier works by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, such as Tropical Malady (2004) and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), but this one is even better.

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Taxi

The Iranian government regards director Jafar Panahi to be anti-establishment and in 2010, sentenced him to a 20-year ban on producing and directing movies and from leaving the country. Taxi shows the director going around Tehran as a taxi driver, talking to his customers. The movie is utilitarian in its humor and won the Golden Bear at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival this year.

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