Monday, October 6, 2008
Pusan: Film and Art
This last weekend we had Friday off; so some of my friends and I traveled to Pusan. One of the main reasons why we did this is because Pusan was hosting its 13th international film festival: aka PIFF. PIFF is becoming one of the strongest film festivals in Asia, so there was alot excitement surrounding the city. It was hard to buy tickets to the movies, as they sold out extremely quickly, yet I still managed to watch about 3 films.
Pusan is a port city and has a much different vibe than Seoul. Pusan maintains the more laid back vibe while Seoul is the city that never sleeps. You could try and compare NYC to ATL to give yourself a ruff comparison of the two cities: also the population of Pusan is relative to Atlanta and Pusan still maintains some of its 'southern/country' culture in a big city environment. When my friends and I asked directions to an art museum an elder man walked about a 1/2 mile to show us it was just around the corner instead of just pointing where to go. The museum we saw was for modern art and it was rather impressive, there were many large and innovative installations from artist around the world.
On another random note the food was noticeably different which was fun; it would just be a little ingredient here and there that made a subtle difference in each dish. For example the kimchi had a little more kick to it and the bibimbap had different ingredients in it, such as cucumbers, etc.
Although there were many movies to watch I only saw a few, I saw an interesting German film called "Northface" and a dreamy Japanese animation movie called "Skycrawlers". Most of the Korean films sold out the fastest as you might expect.