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On Point: Busan Int'l Film Festival wraps up, Korean film industry's pandemic struggles
Updated: 2021-10-15 05:04:05 KST
Now it's time for On Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into the biggest news stories in the spotlight right now.
It's Friday so that means we are talking entertainment.
In the coming hours, the curtain will come down on the 26th Busan International Film Festival.
Over its ten-day run in Korea's southeastern city, this year's edition saw over 200 films from 70 countries officially invited to the festival.

As Mark just touched upon, Asia's most prestigious film festival wraps tonight with the film ‘Anita' and a ceremony hosted by South Korean actors Lee Joon-hyuk and Lee Joo-young .
For more on the festival and related news, let's speak to Jason Bechervaise, a Seoul-based film critic, who was at the festival earlier this week.
Jason, over the years, you've been a regular attendee at BIFF .
How was the atmosphere compared to years gone by?

There haven't been many big film releases in Korea over the past 12 to 18 months because of the virus restrictions - it just isn't in the financial interest of production firms to do so. As restrictions are lifted, do you have high expectations for Korean cinema in 2022 and did you watch anything in Busan that we should keep our eyes peeled for?

Let's touch upon the local film scene in general. Tens of thousands of people work in the industry and you speak these people on the inside.
How have they been coping during the pandemic and are they still making films at the same rate and of the same scale as they were prior to COVID-19?

Finally, we couldn't let you go without asking your opinion of ‘Squid Game.' As a critic, were you equally as enthralled as most of the world with the Netflix series? And did you think its global success will provide a boost for Korean film as well as TV?

Ok, Jason, always good to get your insights and we're glad you could join us.

That's Seoul-based film critic, Jason Bechervaise, on the Busan International Film Festival, the pandemic's impact on local cinema. Thank you Jason.
Reporter : markbroome@arirang.co.kr