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‘The Host’ in 3D to open Busan West Film Festival at Chapman

November 8, 2011

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in continued partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, will be the host site for the Busan West Asian Film Festival, Nov. 11-13.

Bong Joon-ho will present his film "The Host" in 3D to open Busan West on Friday, Nov. 11.

Busan West presents a unique filmmaker showcase that brings select Asian films and filmmakers from BIFF to the United States to create a new platform for heightened recognition outside of Asia. This year the festival will feature internationally acclaimed writer and director Bong Joon-ho (Mother, The Host, Memories of Murder), as the Busan West Icon Award recipient.

Over the course of three days, Dodge College will host a showcase of contemporary and classic Asian films selected primarily from the 2011 Busan International Film Festival by Dodge College Professor Nam Lee, an expert in Pan-Asian film. The Busan West program features a special opening night event and a closing night reception, all designed to showcase Korean and Asian culture through food, music, and decor. Q&A sessions led by notable film scholars will follow. 

Bong Joon-ho will present his hit film The Host in 3D to open Busan West on Friday, Nov. 11, following the award ceremony. The screening marks the North American premiere of The Host in 3D. He will also participate in an exclusive Busan West Master Class where he will discuss the crafts of writing and directing with Dodge College students.

This is just one of many steps for Dodge College to bring unique opportunities to students and other film enthusiasts in the area. By celebrating the cinematic accomplishments of Asian cinema, the school aims to contribute to the growth of international understanding among nations. 

“In our increasingly interdependent global society, the language of film offers one of the most direct ways in which peoples of different cultures can come to know one another, both in their differences and similarities,” says Robert Basset, dean of Dodge College.

For a full schedule of screenings and ticket information, please visit

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