Magazine article Screen International

SIFF Opens with Stars, Controversy

Magazine article Screen International

SIFF Opens with Stars, Controversy

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Many Koreans cancelled their trip to Shanghai earlier this week after the festival sent out letters advising them to stay away due to concerns over the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus that has hit South Korea. CJ Entertainment, Showbox and Finecut are among the companies that decided not to show, along with Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) director Lee Yong-kwan.

However the three Korean jury members - Kim Hee-jae (Golden Goblet competition), Kim Han-min (Asian New Talent) and Kim Dong-won (Documentary) - attended the opening ceremony, as did Korean actor Song Seung-heon who is shooting The Bombing, also starring Bruce Willis, Liu Ye and Nicholas Tse, in China.

Yen and Tyson put in an appearance to promote their upcoming action sequel Ip Man 3, while Chan is on hand for SIFF's Jackie Chan Action Movie Week, which is focusing on both Chinese and global action movies.

Other talent on the red carpet included Derek Yee, director of opening night film I Am Somebody, Aaron Kwok, Eddie Peng and Fan Bingbing, while international faces included DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg.

SIFF also courted controversy earlier this week by cancelling the screening of Japan Film Week title Attack On Titan: The Crimson Bow, which was recently placed on a blacklist of anime titles by China's Ministry of Culture. …

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