Industries & Festivals — February 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger to open Busan West Film Festival

arnold-schwarzeneggerKim Jee-woon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and screenwriter and Dodge College alumnus Andy Knauer will open the Busan West Film Festival, set to run from Mar 8-10, Screen Daily reported.

The event, staged by Chapman University’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts in association with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival, will screen Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand directed by Kim on opening night in Orange County.

The official line-up includes A Werewolf Boy, Dangerous Liaisons, Bleack Night, Tale Of Two Sisters and The Good, The Bad, The Weird.

The festival is being staged by Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival – the biggest film fest of Asia.

Busan West is expanding its program, and even expanded its program for this year. The 2013 Busan West program features a special opening night event and a martial arts retrospective, all designed to showcase Korean and Asian culture through food, music, and decor.

BZFilm reported earlier citing Professor Nam Lee, an expert in Pan-Asian film, that the interest in the upcoming festival is growing.

It sure will grow more now, when Schwarzenegger is scheduled to open it.

Dr. Lee told BZFilm that the festival will also organize a small martial arts retrospective to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the US release of the “Five Fingers of Death.”

Besides Martial Arts Classics Special, the festival will also feature 6 new films from Asia.

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