Actor Choi Min-sik
By Han Sang-hee
Two film festivals in France and India are paying respect to local actors and directors by holding retrospectives and offering awards.
The 14th Lyon Asian Film Festival will hold a retrospective on Korean movie star Choi Min-sik Nov. 4-9.
Kim Ji-seok, a programmer from the Pusan International Film Festival which ended Oct. 10, announced Tuesday that the renowned film festival will screen five of Choi's movies ― ``Our Twisted Hero'' (1992), ``Failan'' (2001), ``Chihwaseon'' (2002), ``Oldboy'' (2003) and ``Crying Fist'' (2005) ― at the event.
Choi is planning to fly to Lyon, France, to attend the event and also appear for the press and fans.
The 46-year-old veteran actor is one of Korea's favorite movie stars, thanks to his superb acting and down-to-earth image. He has starred in numerous films including hits like ``Swiri'' and ``Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.'' He is currently working on the movie ``Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells,'' which will be in theaters next year.
Meanwhile, director Park Kwang-su won the Asian Film Culture Award at the Third Eye Asian Film Festival, being held in Mumbai, India through Oct. 23.
The award is given to filmmakers who have contributed to the development of movies in Asia. Park's film ``A Single Spark'' (1995) had a special screening to celebrate the director's win.
The festival has also prepared a retrospective on Korean director Kim Ki-duk with screenings of some of his films including ``Crocodile'' (1996), ``The Coast Guard'' (2002) and ``Time'' (2006).