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Space Brothers scoops top prize at PiFan

The 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) closed over the weekend with the Best of Puchon award going to Space Brothers from Japanese filmmaker Yoshitaka Mori.

Based on a manga series of the same name, the film about two brothers with space travel ambitions also won the NH Nonghyup Citizen’s Choice award. 

Irish film Citadel picked up the Best Director award for Ciaran Foy as well as Best Actor for Aneurin Barnard. Louisa Krause won Best Actress for her performance in Andrew Neel’s US film King Kelly. The film also picked up the Jury’s Choice award.

The European Fantastic Film Federation (EFFFF) Asian Award went to Lee’s Adventure. The Chinese film is co-directed by Frant Gwo and Yang Li and stars Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan.

Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung’s Vulgaria picked up the Netpac Award. Korean director Back Seung-kee’s feature debut Super Virgin took the Fujifilm Eterna Award.

Miike Takashi’s For Love’s Sake screened as the Closing Film with actor Takumi Saito in attendance. The fest ran two more days with encore and surprise screenings to close last night (July 29).

Festival director Young-bin Kim announced: “By the end of July 26, 132 out of 280 screenings completely sold out on online ticketing and audience admissions increased by 55,000 compared to last year, showing a meaningful achievement in an environment where the majority of domestic and international film festivals suffer from overall declines in number of attending audiences.”        

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