Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) will open with the world premiere of the The Experiment, directed by Paul Scheuring (TV’s Prison Break) and starring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker.
The Experiment is a Hollywood remake of a German film (Das Experiment) about a psychological study gone awry when 26 men are chosen to play the roles of guards and prisoners.
The fest will close with the world premiere of Korean horror film Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp, the sequel to last summer’s high school horror hit.
The fest will screen 193 films from 42 countries with 34 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 56 Asian premieres and 54 Korean premieres.
The Puchon Choice feature competition comprises 12 films including Jang Cheol Su’s Korean film Bedevilled, Dante Lam’s Hong Kong film Fire Of Conscience, Kelvin Tong’s Singaporean film Kidnapper, and Gareth Edwards’ UK-France co-production Monsters.
Special programs include the Millennium Trilogy films based on Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novels, a showcase of Terry Gilliam films, a retrospective on Korean action director Lee Doo Yong whose “one-legged series” have been recently restored, and the Mobile Suit Gundam animation series.
The 14th PiFan will run July 15-25 with the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) running July 18-22.