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  • MISS BAEK to Compete at Tokyo IFF
  • by Pierce Conran /  Oct 25, 2018
  • YI Seung-jun’s CROSSING BEYOND also Invited to Japan

    Two Korean films will screen at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. LEE Ji-won’s new indie drama Miss Baek will compete in the ‘Asian Future’ section, while YI Seung-jun’s latest documentary Crossing Beyond will be featured in the ‘Special Program’.

    Miss Baek, the debut work of LEE Ji-won, features The Age of Shadows (2016) actress HAN Ji-min as a hardened woman who takes a young girl who is the victim of domestic violence under her wing when she recognizes herself in her. The film opened in Korea on October 11 and has proven to be a major hit for a low-budget title, having amassed 287,000 viewers (USD 2.15 million) in just seven days.

    The documentary Crossing Beyond is snapshot of a diverse group of athletes during this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. The film is the third work by Director YI, who has drawn acclaim for his works Planet of Snail (2012) and Wind on the Moon (2016). His previous works, which both premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), examined the lives and challenges of disabled people in South Korea. YI’s latest had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in the ‘Wide Angle’ section earlier this month.

    This year’s TIFF will take place from October 25 until November 3.
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