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[ASEAN-ROK summit] ASEAN Cinema Week 2019 to be hosted in Busan

A film festival showcasing works from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states will take place in Busan on Friday and Saturday, on the sidelines of the upcoming ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit.

The venue for ASEAN Cinema Week 2019 -- ASEAN Cinema NOW! is the Busan Cinema Center, a landmark of the southern port city that is best known for hosting the annual Busan International Film Festival. Ten films will be screened at the ASEAN event, one from each member state.

The poster for ASEAN Cinema Week 2019 -- ASEAN Cinema NOW! (ASEAN Culture House)
The poster for ASEAN Cinema Week 2019 -- ASEAN Cinema NOW! (ASEAN Culture House)

The films are “Ada Apa Dengan Rina 2” from Brunei, “In the Life of Music” from Cambodia, “Keluarga Cemara” from Indonesia, “The Long Walk” from Laos, “Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal” from Malaysia, “Mi” from Myanmar, “Alone/Together” from the Philippines, “Zombiepura” from Singapore, “Friend Zone” from Thailand and “Furie” from Vietnam.

Asia Culture House, operated by the Korea Foundation, is hosting the event.

“Through this event, hosted in commemoration of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and the 30th anniversary of the relations between South Korea and ASEAN, we hope that people (of Korea) can watch ASEAN films that are not easily available to them, and get a chance to understand cultural diversity,” said Korea Foundation President Lee Geun.

Sok Visal, director of “In the Life of Music,” and Na Gyi, director of “Mi,” will join the audience for a Q&A session.

Those who wish to participate can book tickets free of charge at the homepage of the Busan Cinema Center ( or the ACH (

ASEAN Cinema Week kicked off Nov. 1-3 with screenings in Seoul. After Busan, it will move on to Megabox Jeju on Jeju Island on Dec. 7, followed by the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju on Dec. 12-13.

Tickets for the Jeju screening and additional information about the event are available from the ACH homepage in both Korean and English, but online booking is not available for Gwangju.

By Yoon Min-sik (